Monday, October 31, 2022

Cable bridge collapsed in India, hundreds plunged into river, 141 dead, 177 still missing


 Over 140 people were killed in a cable bridge collapse in India’s western state of Gujarat, India-based NDTV news channel reported.

"At least 141 people have died after a British-era bridge in Gujarat's Morbi collapsed last evening," the television channel reported. "Some 177 people have been saved and teams are searching for several others who are still missing."
UPDATE 3: At least 91 people have died and at least 100 are missing after a cable-stayed bridge collapsed in the city of Morbi in the Indian state of Gujarat. The NDTV channel reported the details of the tragedy on the old bridge, which a few days ago - on October 26 - was opened after repair.
Some 70 people were taken to hospital. Most of those killed in the accident are women, children and elderly people, Gujarat’s authorities said.
UPDATE 2: The death toll in the bridge collapse accident has risen to more than 90. Rescue operations are currently underway to save anyone who fell into the Machhu river.
UPDATE 1: Indian Naval Station Valsura in Jamnagar, Gujarat has sent a team of more than 40 personnel for rescue operations including marine commandos and seamen who are good swimmers: Defence officials
UPDATE : Death toll in the bridge collapse rises to 78
Reports said that dozens were still missing in the river:

At least 60 people have died after a suspension bridge collapsed in India.

Government officials confirmed the death toll after scores of people plunged into the river below following the collapse.

The bridge was reopened only four days ago for public after renovation. There were about 500 people on the bridge when it snapped.

The Gujarat government takes responsibility for the bridge collapse in which 91 people were killed and several others injured, a state minister said on Sunday. The nearly century-old historic bridge had been closed for renovation and was reopened for the public four days ago.

There were about 500 people on the bridge in the town of Morbi - about 240 km west of state capital Gandhinagar - and nearly a 100 of them fell into the Machchu River when it gave way. Reports said that dozens were still missing in the river

"The bridge was renovated last week. We are also shocked. We are looking into the matter," Brijesh Merja, Minister of State, Labour and Employment, told NDTV.

Several videos showed dozens of people clinging onto the cables of the collapsed bridge as emergency teams and locals struggled to rescue them. Many others were seen swimming to safety, away from the partly submerged bridge.

"All top government officials are on the ground," the minister added.

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