India: more than 130 dead in the collapse of a bridge

To: 31/10/2022 04:29

At least 132 people have died after a pedestrian bridge collapsed in western India. Prime Minister Modi has announced compensation for the families of the victims.

In western India, the death toll after the bridge collapse has risen to more than 130. There are 132 dead, Indian media reported unanimously, citing government officials from India. State. According to broadcaster NDTV, 177 people were rescued, according to the “Times of India” two people are still missing.

The accident occurred Sunday evening (local time) in Morbi in the state of Gujarat. Authorities say about 500 people were on the bridge at the time.

The bridge has just been renovated

The pedestrian bridge over the Machchhu River was reopened this week after renovations, he said. The building dates from the 19th century. An investigation is ongoing, Gujarat Labor Minister Brijesh Merja told NDTV.

According to authorities, the bridge’s suspension cables gave way when people were on or near the bridge for religious rituals. Pictures and videos on social media show how the structure appears to be collapsing in the middle and several people are hanging on to avoid falling into the water. The media said the construction might not have withstood the load of too many people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office announced on Twitter that compensation would be paid to the families of the victims.

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