Death Count Climbs To 130, 177 Rescued

Gujarat Bridge Collapse: Death Count Climbs To 130, 177 Rescued


A five-member high-powered committee will probe the bridge collapse

At least 130 people were killed after a British-era bridge in Gujarat’s Morbi collapsed last evening. About 177 people have been rescued so far, and a search is on for several others, officials said.

  1. The suspension bridge, around 300 km from the state capital – Ahmedabad, collapsed at 6.42 pm on Sunday when around 500 people had congregated on it to perform some rituals for the Chhath puja.

  2. A rescue operation was quickly launched with five teams of National Disaster Response Force or NDRF reaching the spot. Later, the army, navy and air force were also pressed into action.

  3. About 19 people have been admitted to the hospital with serious injuries, officials said, adding that the rescue work is being carried out using boats. 

  4. Eyewitnesses say there were several women and children on the nearly 150-year-old bridge when cables supporting it snapped, sending scores of people tumbling into the river below.

  5. Videos from the spot showed some people swimming to safety after the bridge snapped. Many were seen clinging on the broken ends of the bridge.

  6. The bridge over the Machchhu river had been shut for seven months for renovation. It was reopened to the public on October 26, the Gujarati New Year.

  7. The renovator of the century-old bridge that collapsed in Gujarat’s Morbi city had not taken a fitness certificate from the authorities before reopening it, local municipal body’s chief Sandipsinh Zala told NDTV.

  8. “Renovation happened last week. We are also shocked. We are looking into the matter… The government takes responsibility for this tragedy,” Brijesh Merja, Gujarat’s minister for Labour and Employment, told NDTV in an exclusive interview.

  9. Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi said a five-member high-powered committee will probe the bridge collapse.

  10. The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the family of the people who died in the mishap and Rs 50,000 for the injured, the Chief Minister tweeted. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Guharat, has also announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the family members of the victims. 


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