At least 91 people died and a hundred more are missing. when a suspension bridge collapsed over a river in the Indian state of Gujarat, in the west of the country, confirmed the state minister for Housing and Rural Development, Brijesh Merja, when Times of India.
The suspension bridge of Morbi, over the river Machchhu, was a historic structure that was restored and reopened to the public just four days ago on the occasion of Gujarati New Year celebration.
The MP for Rajkot town, Mohan Kundariya, estimates the number of wounded around a hundred, although this figure could not be verified.
According to media witnesses, some 500 people, including women and children, were crossing the collapsing bridge.
The state Minister for Employment, Housing and Development, Rusal Brijesh Merja, explained that “it had been inaugurated last week. “We are also shocked. The government takes responsibility for this tragedy.” he stressed in statements to the NDTV network.
Merja confirmed the arrival of three platoons of rescue forces, 50 Indian Navy personnel as well as two columns of Army personnel and seven Fire Brigade crews from Rajkot, Jamnagar and Diu.
According to the same sources, dozens of people would have been submerged and several could still be trapped under the rubble.
For now, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, announced an aid to the relatives of the deceased and ordered a special rescue deployment to assist those affected by the tragedy, in an area that is difficult to access by road.
The National Aid Fund under the Prime Minister’s Office advanced the concession of 20 thousand rupees (4 thousand 8 Mexican pesos) in aid for the families of the victims.
The opposition has blamed this accident on the ruling party, Bharatiya Hanata (BJP), for which they requested an investigation commission and assured that the bridge did not have the necessary municipal authorization for its reopening.
(With information from Europe Press)