141 Killed In Gujarat Bridge Collapse, 177 Rescued: 10 Points

A five-member high-powered committee will probe the bridge collapse

At least 141 people have died after a British-era bridge in Gujarat’s Morbi collapsed last evening. Some 177 people have been saved and teams are searching for several others who are still missing.

  1. Around 500 people, including women and children, were on the suspension bridge when the cables supporting it snapped, sending people crashing into the river below.

  2. Many were performing Chhath puja rituals on the 150-year-old bridge located 300 km from Ahmedabad.

  3. People fell on top of each other after the bridge snapped. Videos showed many desperately clinging to the remains of the bridge while some were seen swimming to safety.

  4. The bridge over Machchhu river had been shut for seven months for repairs. It was reopened to the public on October 26, the Gujarati New Year.

  5. “Renovation happened last week. We are also shocked. We are looking into the matter… The government takes responsibility for this tragedy,” Brijesh Merja, Gujarat’s minister for Labour and Employment, told NDTV in an exclusive interview.

  6. Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi said this morning that a criminal case has been registered and a five-member high-powered committee is probing the bridge collapse.

  7. The renovator of the century-old bridge had not taken a safety certificate before reopening it, local municipal body’s chief Sandipsinh Zala told NDTV.

  8. Five teams of National Disaster Response Force or NDRF worked through the night to find the missing. The Army, Navy and Air Force also joined the operation later.

  9. About 19 people have been admitted to the hospital with serious injuries, officials said, adding that the rescue work is being carried out using boats.

  10. The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the family members of each of those who died in the accident and Rs 50,000 for the injured. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Gujarat, also announced a financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the victims.

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