Morbi bridge collapses LIVE Updates: Several people were feared to be injured after a cable bridge collapsed over the Machchhu river in Morbi area on Sunday.
The bridge, which was recently reopened to the public after renovation, collapsed as it could not bear the weight of the people standing on it, officials said.
“Due to the bridge collapse, several people fell into the river. A rescue operation is underway. There are reports that several people have suffered injuries. They are being rushed to hospitals,” local MLA and state minister Brijesh Merja said.
According to eyewitnesses, there were several women and children on the hanging bridge when it snapped.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel extended condolences towards injured people. Patel tweeted, “I am deeply saddened by the tragedy of suspension bridge collapse in Morbi. Relief and rescue operations are ongoing by the system. The system has been instructed to arrange immediate treatment for the injured. I am in constant contact with the district administration in this regard.” The rescue operations are underway, CM said.
PM Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from the Prime Minister National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of the people who lost their lives in the mishap while Rs. 50,000 each will be provided to the injured. Expressing his grief on Twitter, Modi wrote in Gujarati, “I am deeply saddened by the tragedy at Morbi. Regarding this, the Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendra and talked to other officials. Relief and rescue operations are going on in full swing and all necessary assistance is being provided to the affected.”
Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed grief over the tragedy and said, “I am deeply saddened by the accident in Morbi. I have spoken to Harsh Sanghvi, Minister of State for Home, Gujarat and other officials in this regard. Local administration is engaged in relief work with full readiness, NDRF is also reaching the spot soon. The administration has been directed to provide immediate treatment to the injured.”
(With inputs from Agencies)