75 killed in bridge collapse in India

STRINGER/REUTERS A portion of a suspension bridge collapses in the city of Morbi in the western Indian state of Gujarat on October 30, 2022.

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A portion of a suspension bridge collapses in the city of Morbi in the western Indian state of Gujarat on October 30, 2022.

India – The results of this tragedy are still temporary. At least 75 people died this Sunday, October 30 IndeWhen a Suspension bridge In the western state of Gujarat, the colonial-era dating collapsed when the cables supporting it gave way, a member of the local government told AFP.

“Seventy-five dead”A local official told AFP by phone after earlier reports that 60 people had died. He said most of the victims drowned.

Local officials, quoted by local media, estimated that up to 500 people could have been on the Morbi Bridge when it collapsed while its occupants were engaged in religious rituals. “People were falling on top of each other when the bridge broke. They had gathered there for rituals on the occasion of Diwali. Many of the victims include women and children.said an unidentified witness quoted by a local media outlet.

Quickly, a massive rescue operation involving divers, boats and dozens of soldiers was launched. The Indian Prime Minister’s Office has asked on Twitter “Emergency Mobilization of Rescue Teams”and providing assistance to all affected.

“People were falling on top of each other when the bridge broke. They had gathered there for rituals on the occasion of Diwali. Many of the victims include women and children.said an unidentified witness quoted by a local media outlet.

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Newly renovated bridge

On social networks, many videos already show victims falling In the water of the river Machu and others try to pull themselves out of the river by clinging to the bars of the bridge.

Built in the 19th century (when India was still under British rule), the bridge reopened after a seven-month renovation. As the BBC recalls. The 233-meter-long suspension bridge was built in 1880 with materials imported from England, according to local media.

In response to the tragedy, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on a three-day trip through his home state of Gujarat, told himself. “deeply saddened by grief”. He had already announced compensation to the injured and the relatives of the dead.

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