A pedestrian bridge collapsed in India, causing those crossing it to fall into the river below. The toll at the moment is 60 dead and about thirty injured.
At least 60 people died, and another thirty were injured, in India after a pedestrian bridge collapsed causing those who were crossing it to fall into the river below. The tragedy took place in the city of Morbi, in the state of Gujarat. Several local videos show several people clinging to the cables of the bridge, partially submerged in the Macchu River, while rescuers try to bring them to safety.
According to the first reconstructions, at the time of the collapse there were hundreds of people on the bridge. Some local broadcasters spoke of about 400 people. Videos are also circulating on social media showing the moments before the collapse, in which a huge amount of people can be clearly seen above the bridge. Probably more than the structure could support.
The structure had recently reopened, only a few days ago, following repairs. The prime minister, Indiando Narendra Modi, was in Gujarat these days and said he was “deeply saddened by the tragedy”.
Modi has also already announced compensation for families affected by the tragedy. There are still many missing and rescue operations are still ongoing. According to India Today, which cited hospital sources, the toll is unfortunately set to rise. Many people are seriously injured.
The collapsed bridge, built during British colonial rule in the nineteenth century, was 230 meters long. The closure for the renovations had lasted six months, while the reopening took place just last week.