8.6 C
London
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Death toll in India bridge collapse rises to at least 132

Must read

Joon-Ho’s missing ring, Hay-Ann in custody!

May I help you becomes more exciting with time. Dong-Joo and her skills are tested in May I Help You Ep 12. She...

BHEL among 5 bidders for Rs 58,000 cr deal to manufacture and maintain 200 Vande Bharat trains

A total of ₹32,000 crore will be paid to the winning bidder over a period of 35 years for the maintenance of these...

Belgian start-up Classified Cycling steps up a gear with a €22 million capital increase

Deeptech startup Classified cycling raised €22 million in a new round of funding, gaining the backing of high-profile athletes in the sport. The...

Ukraine’s heaviest fighting rages in the east, as NATO tries to maintain support against Russia

Russian troops tried to advance into eastern Ukraine and trained tank, mortar and artillery fire on Kherson in the south, the Ukrainian military said,...
Shreya Christinahttps://londonbusinessblog.com
Shreya has been with londonbusinessblog.com for 3 years, writing copy for client websites, blog posts, EDMs and other mediums to engage readers and encourage action. By collaborating with clients, our SEO manager and the wider londonbusinessblog.com team, Shreya seeks to understand an audience before creating memorable, persuasive copy.

MORBI, India – At least 132 people have died after an ancient rope suspension bridge collapsed into a river Sunday evening in the western Indian state of Gujarat, leaving hundreds in the water in one of the worst accidents in the country in the past decade, officials said.

Authorities said the 19th-century colonial-era pedestrian bridge over the Machchu River in the state’s Morbi district collapsed as it could not handle the weight of the large crowd as the Hindu festival season drew hundreds of people to the newly opened tourist attraction . The bridge was closed for renovations for nearly six months and reopened just four days ago.

It was not immediately clear how many people were on the 761-meter bridge, but officials fear the death toll could rise. Minister of State Harsh Sanghvi told reporters that so far 132 people had died and many had been hospitalized in critical condition.

Rescuers searched the Machchu River in the Indian state of Gujarat on Monday after a cable suspension bridge collapsed, leaving hundreds of people in the water.Ajit Solanki / AP

Sanghvi said aid workers and rescue workers worked at night to search for the survivors and that the dead and injured were mainly teenagers, women and the elderly. Teams from the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force were also sent to assist with the rescue.

Videos posted on social media showed people in distress clinging to the metal cables of the partially submerged bridge, while emergency services and rescue workers used boats and inflatable tires to reach them. Some people were seen swimming to the shore to get to safety. Others, who were fished out of the water, were carried away and taken to hospitals in private vehicles and ambulances.

Local news outlets posted photos of the missing that were shared by concerned relatives looking for their loved ones. Many relatives ran into crowded hospitals at night looking for their relatives.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in his home state of Gujarat for a three-day visit, said he was “deeply saddened by the tragedy”. His office announced compensation for the families of the dead and urged rapid rescue efforts.

A vote for Gujarat’s state government – led by Modi’s party – is expected in the coming months and opposition parties have demanded an investigation into the collapse, saying the bridge was reopened without security clearance from the city’s public body. The claim could not be independently verified, but the state government said it formed a special team to investigate the disaster.

Modi ruled the state as the highest elected official for 12 years before becoming Prime Minister of India in 2014.

India’s infrastructure has long been marred by security problems, sometimes leading to major disasters on highways and bridges.

The bridge collapse is the third major disaster in Asia with large crowds in a month.

On Saturday, more than 150 people were killed in a Halloween crowd, mostly young people attending festivities in Itaewon, a neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea. On October 1, police in Indonesia fired tear gas at a football match, killing 132 people as spectators tried to flee.

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article

Joon-Ho’s missing ring, Hay-Ann in custody!

May I help you becomes more exciting with time. Dong-Joo and her skills are tested in May I Help You Ep 12. She...

BHEL among 5 bidders for Rs 58,000 cr deal to manufacture and maintain 200 Vande Bharat trains

A total of ₹32,000 crore will be paid to the winning bidder over a period of 35 years for the maintenance of these...

Belgian start-up Classified Cycling steps up a gear with a €22 million capital increase

Deeptech startup Classified cycling raised €22 million in a new round of funding, gaining the backing of high-profile athletes in the sport. The...

Ukraine’s heaviest fighting rages in the east, as NATO tries to maintain support against Russia

Russian troops tried to advance into eastern Ukraine and trained tank, mortar and artillery fire on Kherson in the south, the Ukrainian military said,...

Shield, a communications compliance platform for financial institutions, raises $20 million • londonbusinessblog.com

Two months ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it had fined 16 Wall Street firms more than $1.1 billion for "widespread record-keeping...