India bridge collapse leaves at least 132 dead


MORBI, India –

At least 132 folks died and lots of are injured after a century-old cable suspension bridge collapsed right into a river Sunday night within the western Indian state of Gujarat, sending lots of plunging within the water, officers stated.

Authorities stated the Nineteenth-century, colonial-era pedestrian bridge over the Machchu river within the state’s Morbi district collapsed as a result of it couldn’t deal with the load of the big crowd, because the Hindu competition season drew lots of of individuals to the not too long ago opened vacationer attraction. The bridge had been closed for renovation for nearly six months and was reopened simply 4 days in the past.

It was not instantly clear precisely how many individuals had been on the 232-metre (761-foot) -long bridge, however officers concern the dying toll may rise. State minister Harsh Sanghvi instructed reporters that 132 folks have died thus far and that many had been admitted to hospitals.

Sanghvi stated emergency responders and rescuers labored in a single day to seek for the survivors and people killed and injured had been principally teenagers, ladies and older folks. Teams from the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force had been additionally dispatched to assist with the rescue.

Videos on social media confirmed folks clinging onto the steel cables of the partly submerged bridge in misery as emergency groups and rescuers used boats and inflatable tires to achieve them. Some folks had been seen swimming ashore to security. Others, who had been fished from the waters, had been carried away and transported to the hospitals in personal autos and ambulances.

Local information channels ran footage of the lacking shared by involved relations in the hunt for their family members.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who’s in his dwelling state of Gujarat on a three-day go to, stated he was “deeply saddened by the tragedy.” His workplace introduced compensation to the households of the dead and urged for fast rescue efforts.

Meanwhile, the state authorities stated it has shaped a particular group to research the catastrophe.

A vote for Gujarat’s state authorities — led by Modi’s occasion — is predicted within the coming months and opposition events have demanded an investigation into the collapse, saying that the bridge was reopened with out getting security clearance from town’s civic physique. The declare couldn’t be independently verified.

Modi dominated the state as the highest elected official for 12 years earlier than turning into India’s prime minister in 2014.

The bridge collapse is Asia’s third main catastrophe involving giant crowds in a month.

On Saturday, a Halloween crowd surge killed greater than 150 principally younger individuals who attended festivities in Itaewon, a neighbourhood in Seoul, South Korea. On Oct. 1, police in Indonesia fired tear gasoline at a soccer match, inflicting a crush that killed 132 folks as spectators tried to flee.


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