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Gujarat Bridge Tragedy : Death count in Gujarat bridge collapse climbs to 132 and 177 rescue

Morbi: More than 130 people are reported to be dead and 177 people were rescued and 19 injured have been admitted to the hospital after what was called the “hanging bridge” collapsed in Gujarat’s Morbi on Sunday evening, sending shockwaves across the country.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Morbi: More than 130 people are reported to be dead and 177 people were rescued and 19 injured have been admitted to the hospital after what was called the “hanging bridge” collapsed in Gujarat’s Morbi on Sunday evening, sending shockwaves across the country. A search operation is underway for several others who are still missing.

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After the incident of bridge collapse in Gujarat’s Morbi, the PMO has sent all possible help to carry out the rescue operation. Police, local administration, SDRF, Indian Coast Guard and fire brigade, Army, Navy and NDRF have carried out continuous rescue and search operations.

According to officials, a nearly 100-year-old bridge over the Machhu river in Gujarat’s Morbi collapsed on Sunday evening, causing several people standing on it to fall into the water. The bridge had reopened just last week but it’s not clear if it had a clearance certificate. It was overcrowded at the time of the accident.

Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi on Monday morning said that at least 132 deaths have been reported so far. “Everyone worked all through the night. Navy, NDRF, Air Force and Army reached quickly. More than 200 persons have worked the entire night (for search and rescue operations),” he was quoted as saying by ANI.

This heritage bridge was reopened to the public only 4 days ago after repair and renovation. There were about 400 people on this British carpet bridge on Sunday evening. Then it broke and hundreds of people fell into the river. Search and rescue operation is still on. The Indian Army had reached here at around three o’clock in the night. Army Major Gaurav said that we are trying to retrieve the dead bodies. NDRF teams are also conducting rescue operations.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel along with state Home Minister Harsh Sanghvi inspected the accident site in Morbi. The injured are being treated in hospitals and many of them have also been sent to their homes after treatment. Gujarat CM tweeted that a review meeting was held at Morbi District Collector’s office with State Ministers, MPs, MLAs, officials of administrative system, police system, healthcare system. The accident situation was comprehensively reviewed and necessary guidance was given.

Home Minister Harsh Sanghvi said that the Prime Minister’s Office has given wide support for the rescue operation after the Morbi Cable Bridge collapse. SDRF and police are already present on the spot. A case has been registered against the management team of the bridge under sections 304, 308 and 114 of the IPC. The Gujarat government has constituted a 5-member special investigation team to investigate the Morbi Cable Suspension Bridge accident.

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