Wednesday, 30 Nov 2022

At least 81 people dead after bridge collapses in Indias Gujarat state

At least 81 people dead after bridge collapses in Indias Gujarat state


At least 81 people dead after bridge collapses in Indias Gujarat state

At least 81 people were killed when a pedestrian bridge over a river in the western Indian state of Gujarat collapsed, plunging hundreds of people into the water, officials have said.

Authorities said that more than 150 people were on the suspension bridge over the Machchhu River in the city of Morbi at the time of the collapse.

TV footage showed dozens of people clinging on to the cables and twisted remains of the bridge as emergency teams struggled to rescue them. Some clambered up the broken structure to try to make their way to the riverbanks, while others swam to safety.

Prateek Vasava, who swam to the riverbank after falling from the bridge, told 24 Hours local news channel that he witnessed several children fall into the river.

"I wanted to pull some of them along with me but they had drowned or got swept away," he said.

The bridge had collapsed in just a few seconds, he said.

Gujarat's home minister, Harsh Sanghavi, said that more than 150 people were on the narrow cable-stayed bridge, a tourist attraction that draws many sightseers during the festive season when Diwali and Chhath Puja are celebrated.

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