• Thursday, December 01, 2022

INDIA

WATCH WITH HORROR: The moment when a crowded bridge in Gujarat collapsed

Moments before a pedestrian bridge in Morbi in the western Indian state of Gujarat collapsed on October 30, 2022, killing more than 130. (Picture: Twitter screengrab/@sardesairajdeep)

By: Shubham Ghosh

A century-old suspension bridge over Machchhu river in Morbi in the western Indian state of Gujarat collapsed on Sunday (30) evening, resulting in deaths of more than 130 people and injuries to more than 100.

CCTV footage showed revellers on the bridge were shaking it when it came crashing down, throwing the people into the water beneath.

In a video which was doing rounds on social media, people were seen holding on to the bridge and trying to swing it with its cables. The crowded bridge swung before caving in, resulting in a major tragedy.

It was only a few days ago that the British-era bridge was reopened for the public after completion of renovation work that lasted seven months.

A massive rescue operation was underway after the accident involving five teams of the National Disaster Relief Force; six platoons of the State Disaster Relief Force; a team of the Indian Air Force; two columns of the army’ and two from local rescue teams.

The rescue operations continued through the night.

Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel rushed to Morbi to personally oversee the rescue operations and medical services.

He also announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh (£4,184) to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 (£523) to those injured.

Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh (£2,092) from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of each of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to each of the injured.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who is currently in Gujarat, also expressed condolences over the tragedy and was set to visit the site on Tuesday (1).

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