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Bridge collapse in India kills at least 132 people, mostly teenagers, women and elderly (responsible)


Officials in the western Indian state of Gujarat said at least 132 people were killed after a pedestrian suspension bridge collapsed into the Machchu River on Sunday night.

Authorities said the century-old cable suspension bridge collapsed because it could not support the weight of the large ground that had accumulated. The bridge had just reopened four days before the collapse. It had been closed for renovations for nearly six months previously.

The Hindu festival season has drawn hundreds of people to the newly opened tourist attraction.

Rescuers in boats search the Machchu River next to a collapsed cable suspension bridge in the town of Morbi in the western state of Gujarat, India, Monday, Oct. 31, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Hundreds of people were sent plunging into the water when the bridge gave way. State Minister Harsh Sanghvi said those killed and injured were mostly teenagers, women and the elderly.

AT LEAST 60 DEAD, MANY MORE INJURED AFTER BRIDGE COLLAPSE IN INDIA: REPORT

Officials said it was unclear exactly how many people were on the 761ft-long bridge, but they fear the death toll could rise.

Sanghvi told reporters that 132 people have died so far and many have been admitted to hospitals in critical condition.

Volunteers and health workers carry a victim after a cable bridge collapsed over the Machchu River in the town of Morbi in the western state of Gujarat, India, Monday, October 31, 2022.

Volunteers and health workers carry a victim after a cable bridge collapsed over the Machchu River in the town of Morbi in the western state of Gujarat, India, Monday, October 31, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Emergency responders and rescuers have been searching for survivors since the collapse.

Indian army, navy and air force teams were dispatched to assist in the rescue.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “deeply saddened by the tragedy”.

His office announced compensation to the families of the dead and called for swift rescue efforts.

The century-old cable suspension bridge collapsed into the river on Sunday night, sending hundreds plunging into the water, officials said.

The century-old cable suspension bridge collapsed into the river on Sunday night, sending hundreds plunging into the water, officials said.
(AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

The state government said it had formed a special team to investigate the disaster.

INDIA HAS RESCUED AT LEAST 130 WORKERS HELD CAPTIVE AND FORCED FROM CYBER FRAUD

The bridge collapse is the third major disaster in Asia involving large crowds in a month.

Rescuers in boats search the Machchu River next to a collapsed cable bridge in Morbi district, West Gujarat state, India, Sunday, October 30, 2022.

Rescuers in boats search the Machchu River next to a collapsed cable bridge in Morbi district, West Gujarat state, India, Sunday, October 30, 2022.
(AP Photo/Rajesh Ambaliya)

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On Saturday, a wave of Halloween crowds killed more than 150 people, mostly young people, who attended the festivities in Itaewon, a district of Seoul, South Korea.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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