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Cable bridge collapses in Gujarat, several lives lost, many hurt; rescue ops on

Reported by Maulik Pathak | Written by Sohini Goswami
Oct 30, 2022 11:31 PM IST

Bridge collapse in Morbi district: Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel have announced ex gratia for the family of the deceased and aid for those injured.

A cable bridge collapsed in Machchhu river of Morbi area in Gujarat on Sunday killing at 60 people and injuring several others.

A bridge collapses in Machchhu river on Sunday. (ANI Twitter)
A bridge collapses in Machchhu river on Sunday. (ANI Twitter)

Gujarat panchayat minister Brijesh Merja, who is present at the spot, confirmed the toll to news agency ANI.

Rajkot MLA Mohanbhai Kalyanji Kundariya said, “More than 60 bodies found of whom many are children, women and elderly. Rest have been rescued. The NDRF's rescue operations are underway. We're taking this matter very seriously, it's very saddening,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.

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Army, Navy and IAF personnel are being rushed to the site for rescue and relief operations, the chief minister's office (CMO) said, besides deployment of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).

“For rescue and relief operations, three platoons of NDRF with 50 personnel of Indian Navy, 30 personnel of the IAF along with two columns of Army personnel and seven teams of Fire Brigade left for Morbi with advanced equipment from Rajkot, Jamnagar, Diu and Surendranagar,” the CMO statement said.

“Three SDRF teams as well as two platoons of State Reserve Police (SRP) are also reaching Morbi for rescue and relief operations. An isolation ward has been set up in Rajkot Civil Hospital for treatment,” it added.

Defence officials said an Indian Army team from an artillery brigade near Dhrangdhra, including doctors and paramedical staff, has already reached the accident site in Morbi and taking part in rescue and relief ops. Another Army team with doctors and other relief material is reaching site shortly.

Kundariya said, “Machinery present at the spot to pump out the water so that we can figure out the bodies underneath as there's a lot of silt. I believe the bridge got overloaded and that led to the incident. Many teams engaged in rescue."

Earlier, Gujarat director general of police Ashish Bhatia said, “Presently rescue operations are on and a number of people have been taken to safety. The death figure so far is around 40 and this number could go higher."

Some local reports said there could be many tourists among the victims. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel have announced ex gratia for the family of the deceased and aid for those injured.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel and other officials regarding the mishap. A statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said Modi sought urgent mobilisation of teams for rescue operations.

“He has asked that the situation be closely and continuously monitored and extend all possible help to those affected,” the PMO statement said.

Patel tweeted, “I'm deeply saddened by the tragedy of suspension bridge collapse in Morbi. Relief & rescue ops are ongoing. Instructions given to arrange immediate treatment of the injured. I'm in constant contact with the district administration in this regard.”

Merja said, “We are really saddened by the tragedy in Morbi. The PM called me to ask about the situation. The Gujarat CM is taking stock too. Local leaders are also working to help the injured people.”

The hanging bridge had reopened recently after repair works. The bridge was carrying more people than its capacity.

Union home minister Amit Shah said he spoke to his Gujarat counterpart Harsh Sanghavi and other state officials. "Local administration is engaged in relief work, NDRF is also reaching the spot soon. Administration directed to provide immediate treatment to injured: HM Amit Shah

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