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No less than 120 lifeless in bridge collapse in India

No less than 120 lifeless in bridge collapse in India

No less than 120 individuals died in India when a pedestrian suspension bridge spanning a river collapsed Sunday night within the state of Gujarat, native police stated. Authorities estimated that 500 individuals, together with girls and youngsters, had been celebrating a non secular vacation on and across the bridge when the cables supporting it gave approach shortly after darkish.

“Now we have recovered 120 our bodies up to now. The toll will seemingly proceed to rise as search operations proceed,” stated P. Dekavadiya, police chief for the city of Morbi, the place the accident occurred. He stated greater than 130 individuals had been rescued.

A colonial period bridge

The bridge over the Machchhu River, positioned in Morbi, about 200 kilometers west of Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s important metropolis, dates again to British colonial occasions and had simply reopened to the general public after months of labor. “Individuals had been falling on prime of one another when the bridge broke. That they had gathered there for rituals due to the Diwali competition. There are numerous girls and youngsters among the many victims,” stated an unidentified witness quoted by native media.

The 233-meter-long suspension bridge was in-built 1880 with supplies introduced from England, in keeping with native media. NDTV stated it was reopened to the general public on Wednesday after seven months of labor with no safety certificates being issued by authorities.

A rescue operation was launched, involving divers, boats and dozens of troopers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Gujarat, the place he’s from, known as for “the pressing mobilization of rescue groups”, and the supply of assist for all victims, his cupboard tweeted.

Repeated accidents

Accidents on previous and poorly maintained infrastructure are widespread in India, particularly on bridges.

In 2016, the rupture of a footbridge over a busy avenue within the metropolis of Kolkata (east) brought about the loss of life of not less than 26 individuals.

In 2011 not less than 32 individuals died when a bridge collapsed on which had been a crowd of individuals of a competition in northeast India, about 30 kilometers from the town of Darjeeling.

Lower than every week later round 30 individuals had been killed within the rupture of a footbridge crossing a river within the state of Aruchnal Pradesh (northeast).

In 2006, not less than 34 individuals had been killed when a 150-year-old bridge collapsed on a passenger prepare at a station within the state of Bihar (east).

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