Rescue groups within the western Indian state of Gujarat are trying to find people who find themselves lacking after a century-old cable suspension bridge collapsed right into a river on Sunday, killing greater than 130 individuals.
The loss of life toll rose to 134 on Monday, and officers worry the quantity might develop as authorities opened a legal case into one of many deadliest accidents within the nation prior to now 10 years.
The 232 metres (761 ft) lengthy bridge in Morbi district dates again to British colonial rule within the nineteenth century. It was reopened to the general public solely final week after renovation.
Visuals from the catastrophe web site confirmed the bridge cut up within the center and the metallic carriageway hanging down, its metallic cables snapped in locations.
At the least 177 survivors have been pulled from the Machhu River and groups from the armed forces have been trying to find others nonetheless lacking, mentioned Jigar Khunt, an data division official in Gujarat.
Authorities mentioned the bridge collapsed as a result of it couldn’t deal with the load of the massive crowd, because the Hindu competition season drew a whole bunch of sightseers to the bridge, which was closed for six months for restore.
It was not instantly clear precisely how many individuals have been on the bridge when it collapsed however survivors mentioned it was so densely packed that the gang was unable to maneuver to security when the cable strings started to snap.
Native information channels ran photos of the lacking shared by involved family members trying to find their family members. Many members of the family raced to overcrowded hospitals in search of their kin.
India’s infrastructure has lengthy been marred by security considerations, generally resulting in main disasters on its highways and bridges.
The bridge collapse is Asia’s third main catastrophe involving massive crowds in a month.
On Saturday, a Halloween crowd surge killed greater than 150, principally younger, individuals, who attended festivities in Itaewon, a neighbourhood in Seoul, South Korea. On October 1, police in Indonesia used tear fuel at a stadium throughout a soccer match, inflicting a stampede that killed 133 individuals as spectators tried to flee.