At least 30 people were killed and dozens seriously injured when a suspension bridge collapsed in the Indian state of Gujarat on Sunday, two government officials said.
Only last week the bridge was reopened to the public after months of renovations, according to reports.
“We can confirm that 30 people lost their lives, many were rescued from the river and some are still missing,” said Amit Jhala, a senior administrator at the government hospital where the victims were taken.
According to the Press Trust of India news agency, at least 32 people have died. The bridge caved in because it could not support the number of people on it, officials told PTI.
More than 400 people were on the bridge over the Machhu River in the town of Morbi at the time of the collapse, local television channel Zee News said. Other local media also say hundreds were on the bridge, but it’s unclear how many.
Footage released by the TV station showed dozens of people clinging to cables from the collapsed bridge as emergency crews struggled to rescue them.
The historic 230 meter bridge was built during British rule in the 19th century. It had been closed for renovations for six months before being reopened to the public last week.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in his home state of Gujarat for a three-day visit, said he had ordered the state’s chief minister to urgently mobilize teams for the rescue operation.
In May, at least a dozen workers were killed in Morbi and more than a dozen were injured after a wall collapsed at a salt-packing factory.