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Morbi bridge collapse LIVE: Gujarat CM announces state-wide mourning on November 2

Updated on Oct 31, 2022 10:00 PM IST

  • Gujarat cable bridge collapse LIVE updates, October 31, 2022: The British-era suspension bridge opened for public on October 26, which marked the Gujarati New Year, after undergoing a six-month-long renovation. 

Rescue personnel conduct search operations after a bridge across the river Machchhu collapsed at Morbi in India's Gujarat state on October 31, 2022. (Photo by Sam PANTHAKY/AFP)

In a horrific incident that unfolded on Sunday evening, hundreds of people fell into the Machchuu river in Gujarat's Morbi district after a cable suspension bridge they were walking on, collapsed. More than 130 people have lost their lives, and multiple teams of SDRF, NDRF, Indian Army and even Coast Guard have been deployed for relief work.

The British-era bridge opened for public on October 26 after undergoing a six-month-long renovation. At the time of the incident, 400-500 people were on the bridge, and when it collapsed, hundreds of them fell into the river. Several visuals and videos have emerged showing people holding onto the cables of the collapsed bridge and even swimming to navigate themselves to safety.

Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel, who cancelled all his scheduled events for Sunday, reached the collapse site late last night to take stock of the situation. He also visited the district hospital where the injured have been admitted. Patel had spoken with Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after the incident happened, and the latter had called for “urgent mobilisation” of teams.

State home minister Harsh Sanghavi, meanwhile, informed that a criminal case has been registered in the matter and those found guilty will be given strict punishment. He added that a five-member committee has been formed to unearth the lapses in the renovation work of the bridge.

Follow all the updates here:

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 10:00 PM

    Gujarat to mourn deceased on Wednesday

    On November 2, Gujarat will observe state-wide mourning to for victims of bridge collapse, announces CM Bhupendra Patel.

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 09:16 PM

    UAE foreign minister condoles loss of lives

    We express our condolences to the government and people of India regarding the victims of bridge collapse in Gujarat. We wish a speedy recovery to those injured: Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 08:31 PM

    PM Modi chairs high-level review meet

    At Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar, PM Modi briefed on the rescue and relief operations.

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 08:02 PM

    Polish PM extends condolences

    I am devastated with the tragedy in Gujarat. On behalf of the government of Poland I am sending my deepest condolences to Prime Minister @narendramodi. We mourn all the victims and suffer together with their families and all the people of India: Mateusz Maorawiecki

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 06:40 PM

    ‘Culprits to be held as and when evidence found’: Police

    Questioned on non-arrest of Oreva owners, police say culprits will be nabbed 'as and when evidence found.'

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 06:29 PM

    9 people arrested, say police

    We arrested 9 people after filing FIR under various sections of IPC. Those arrested include the managers of Oreva company, and ticket clerks: Ashok Yadav, IG, Rajkot range

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 06:20 PM

    Shops in Morbi observe voluntary bandh

    To pay respects to the deceased, many establishments in Morbi remained closed today: Local

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 05:32 PM

    300 Army personnel deployed: Reports

    Around 300 Army personnel deployed in search & rescue ops at incident site. Army columns equipped with Engineer Stores are assisting NDRF, SDRF, IN, Coast Guard in rescue op and assisting civil administration and police in crowd management and security: Reports

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 04:25 PM

    PM Modi becomes emotional

    PM Modi, speaking in Banaskantha, becomes emotional on Morbi bridge collapse.

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 03:55 PM

    Survivor recalls moment bridge collapsed

    An injured survivor recounts the moment when the suspension bridge collapsed and how he saved himself.

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 03:14 PM

    Saudi Arabia sends its condolences

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s sincere condolences to the friendly Republic of #India, due to the unfortunate collapse of a suspension bridge in the western Indian state of #Gujarat, which caused a number of casualties: Statement

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 02:31 PM

    US embassy condoles loss of lives

    "The U.S. Mission in India is deeply saddened by news of the collapse of a suspension bridge in Morbi, Gujarat. Our condolences go out to the victims and families of this terrible tragedy."

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 02:25 PM

    Vladimir Putin sends condolences for the loss of lives

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his grief over the loss of lives in Morbi bridge collapse. "Dear Ms President (Droupadi Murmu), dear Mr Prime Minister (PM Narendra Modi), please accept my heartfelt condolences over the tragic bridge collapse in the state of Gujarat,” his message posted on Kremlin's website read.

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 01:29 PM

    Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot reaches Morbi hospital to meet injured

    Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Monday reached the hospital in Morbi where several injured people in the bridge collapse are admitted.

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 01:23 PM

    PM Modi will visit Morbi tomorrow afternoon: CMO Gujarat

    Taking to Twitter on Monday, CMO Gujarat informed that PM Narendra Modi will visit Morbi tomorrow afternoon. Read more.

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 12:29 PM

    Cong delegation, including Rajasthan CM, en route to Morbi

    A Congress delegation, including Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, is en route to the Morbi bridge collapse site. Furthermore, all programmes of the grand old party, including five rallies, have been cancelled.

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 12:04 PM

    Gujarat Police file FIR against private agencies

    Gujarat Police has filed an FIR against private agencies for attempt to commit culpable homicide in the Morbi bridge collapse incident. Cops said that the management person or agency did not take due care and quality check of the bridge before re-opening it for public on October 26, thereby displaying severe carelessness. 

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 11:28 AM

    Nepal's PM says ‘deeply saddened’ by ‘tragic incident’

    Nepal's Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba took to Twitter on Monday to condole the loss of lives in Gujarat's Morbi district. “I am deeply saddened by the tragic incident of bridge collapse…Our thoughts and prayers are with the beareaved families,” he tweeted.

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 10:22 AM

    Drones put to task to help in search and rescue operation

    Drones are being used to help in the search and rescue operation in Morbi, a video shared by news agency ANI showed on Monday.

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 09:52 AM

    In Gujarat for National Unity Day, PM condoles loss of lives

    PM Narendra Modi, who is in Gujarat today for the National Unity Day, condoled the loss of lives in the Morbi bridge collapse incident. He said that though he is in Ekta Nagar, his mind is with the “victims of Morbi”. “Rarely in my life, would I have experienced such pain. On one hand, there is a pain-riddled heart and on the other hand, there is the path to duty,” he added.

  • Mon, 31 Oct 2022 09:36 AM

    Eyewitness says ‘never saw anything like this’

    Eyewitness says she never “saw anything” like the Morbi bridge collapse accident. Speaking with news agency ANI, Haseena said that she “can't describe it in words”. “There were children as well. I helped people as members of my own family. I also gave my vehicle to carry bodies to the hospital. The admin also helped too,” she was quoted as saying.

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