At Least 60 Dead, Many Injured After India Bridge Collapse

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 60 individuals died and lots of are feared injured after a century-old cable suspension bridge collapsed right into a river Sunday night within the western Indian state of Gujarat, sending a whole lot plunging within the water, officers stated.

Authorities stated the Nineteenth-century, colonial-era bridge over the Machchu river within the state’s Morbi district collapsed as a result of it couldn’t deal with the burden of the big crowd, because the Hindu competition season drew a whole lot of individuals to the lately 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 have been on the 764-foot-long (232-meter-long) bridge, however officers concern the loss of life toll might rise. State minister Brijesh Merja advised reporters that 60 individuals have died thus far and that 17 individuals have been admitted to hospitals.

Merja stated emergency responders and rescue employees have been looking for the survivors and people killed and injured have been principally teenagers, ladies and older individuals. Groups from the Indian Military, Navy and Air Drive have been additionally dispatched to assist with the rescue.

“A rescue operation is underway,” Merja was quoted as saying by the Press Belief of India information company. “There are reports that several people have suffered injuries. They are being rushed to hospitals.”

This picture from video exhibits victims of a cable bridge collapse being rushed for remedy in Morbi district, western Gujarat state, India, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Ok Ok Productions through AP)

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

Native information channels ran photos of the lacking shared by involved kin searching for their family members.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who’s in his residence 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 useless and urged for quick rescue efforts.

In the meantime, the state authorities stated it has fashioned a particular group to research the catastrophe.

A vote for Gujarat’s state authorities — led by Modi’s get together — is anticipated 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 the 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 in a month.

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