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dozens dead after bridge collapse in western country

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At least 30 people died in India on Sunday when a colonial-era suspension bridge collapsed in the western state of Gujarat, a local government official said.

At least 30 people died on Sunday (October 30th) in the collapse of a bridge spanning a river in western India, in the state of Gujarat, on which there were more than 400 passers-by, an official said. Gujarat government.

“At least 30 people have died so far and 30 others have been injured,” said Brijesh Merja, a minister from the town of Morbi, where the accident occurred. “The toll could rise as rescue operations continue.”

Colonial-era bridge

Footage broadcast by television stations shows dozens of people clinging to cables and debris from the collapsed walkway as rescuers tried to reach them.

The 230-meter bridge, built in the 19th century over the Machchu River, was reopened to traffic last week after six months of renovation work. Local officials said the bulk of the victims were locals who had taken the bridge as a destination for a walk.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Gujarat, where he is from, for a three-day trip, said he had instructed the state prime minister to urgently mobilize rescue teams.

With Reuters

France 24-Trans

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