At the end of the fifth day of Mahad bridge collapse rescue operations on Sunday, authorities recovered two more bodies, taking the tally up to 26. They said 15 more people are yet to be traced.
“According to our records, 41 people from two ST buses and one SUV went missing in the accident. Of them, five were women whose bodies have been recovered. Fifteen men are yet to be traced,” said an official from the government help centre.
Both the bodies recovered on Sunday were of men. The bodies were delivered to their families after a post-mortem.
The Indian Navy and NDRF officials have recovered parts of the ST buses from the river. One part was found in the river around 800m from the accident spot. Officials, however, have not been able to trace any of the vehicles so far.
Savitri river’s water level went down by several feet on Sunday because Mahad and the peripheral areas have not received much rain in the past 24 hours. However, the water current is still strong.
Relatives of the missing people have been waiting endlessly in government help centres. Some of them have even fallen ill and the local trusts and NGO have provided them with medicines. Some were also taken to a nearby hospital after they developed some health issues.
Chandmiya Wagu, a family member of one of the missing people, Ismail Wagu, said, “We have been waiting here for the past five days now. We don’t know when we will get news about our missing brother. Ten of our family members had come here after we learnt about the accident and seven have gone home to Mumbra on Sunday. They will come back soon. We will wait here until our brother is found.”
“Local residents are very helpful and they have taken care of us to the best of their abilities,” said one relative of Govind Jadhav, who is yet to be traced.
“All of us have other issues in our lives. We left everything and have been waiting here since the accident took place. We don’t know when this wait will come to an end. But we will not leave halfway without taking any news of our missing man,” another relative said.