India: At least 32 dead, many injured after cable bridge carrying hundreds collapses into river

NEW DELHI — At least 32 people were killed and several injured when a cable bridge collapsed into a river in the western Indian state of Gujarat on Sunday evening, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

Local media reports said hundreds fell into the Machchu River when the bridge collapsed in the state’s Morbi district. It was not immediately clear how many people were on the bridge.

The accident happened just days after the 19th-century colonial-era bridge reopened to the public following renovations. Officials told PTI that the bridge gave way as it could not handle the number of people on it.

“Several people fell into the river when the bridge collapsed. A rescue operation is underway,” said Minister of State Brijesh Merja. “There are reports that several people have been injured. You will be taken to hospitals.”

India Bridge

India Bridge

Rescuers on boats search in the Machchu River next to a cable bridge that collapsed in Morbi district, western Gujarat state, India, Sunday October 30, 2022.

AP Photo/Rajesh Ambaliya

Videos on social media showed people holding onto the partially submerged bridge in distress, while another showed people scrambling to safety.

Rescue operations are underway, with three National Disaster Response Force teams rushed to the site, local media reported.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is visiting his home state of Gujarat, said he was “deeply saddened by the tragedy”. His office announced compensation to the families of the dead and urged speedy rescue efforts.

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