At least 60 people were killed on Sunday evening when a cable bridge collapsed in Gujarat's Morbi, said police sources. The death count could go up as many are still feared trapped.
The incident took place in Morbi, about 200 km from state capital Ahmedabad, on the Machhu river.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has announced compensation, has spoken to Gujarat Chief Minister and other officials regarding the accident.
Here are the updates on Gujarat cable bridge collapse:
The tragedy in Morbi, Gujarat has left me worried. My thoughts and prayers are with the affected people. Relief and rescue efforts will bring succour to the victims.- President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) October 30, 2022
મોરબી ખાતે થયેલ દુર્ઘટનાથી અત્યંત દુ:ખી છું. આ અંગે ગુજરાતના મુખ્યમંત્રી શ્રી @Bhupendrapbjp તથા અન્ય અધિકારીઓ સાથે વાત કરી. રાહત અને બચાવ કામગીરી પુરઝડપે ચાલી રહી છે તથા અસરગ્રસ્તોને તમામ આવશ્યક સહાય પૂરી પાડવામાં આવી રહી છે.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 30, 2022
For Ahmedabad resident Vijay Goswami and his family members, it was a close shave as they had visited the suspension bridge in Gujarat's Morbi on Sunday afternoon.
The suspension bridge on the Machchhu river in Gujarat's Morbi that collapsed on Sunday evening killing 91 people was reopened for the public just four days back after seven months of repair work by a private firm, but had not received the municipality's "fitness certificate", an official said. Read here
Eyewitnesses said the Gujarat bridge collapse that killed 91 happened at 6:30 on Sunday evening. "The bridge collapsed as there were very many people on the bridge. Also since it was a Sunday, and Diwali holidays are still on, families were here with children," said an eyewitness, adding as the bridge fell, people were seen tumbling and falling over each other in a heap.
Over 60 people were killed after a century-old cable bridge collapsed over River Machhu in Gujarat's Morbi city this evening. Reports say there were hundreds of people on the bridge when it snapped.
Here's a copy of the ticket that people bought to see the bridge in Gujarat that collapsed today, killing over 90.
A centuries old cable bridge in Gujarat's Morbi collapsed on Sunday evening, killing 60 people. The suspension bridge had been repaired just a week ago. Yesterday, in a video, hundreds of people were seen on the bridge, jumping and running on it. The cable bridge was seen swaying vigorously. Today, it came crashing down. Read here
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday spoke to Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi and other officials after 35 people were killed when a cable bridge snapped in Morbi city. Taking to Twitter, the Home Minister said he is "deeply saddened" by the accident which took place earlier in the day when the bridge, which was recently reopened for the public after renovation, collapsed as it could not bear the weight of the people standing on it.
A nearly century-old suspension bridge on the River Machchhu in Gujarat's Morbi city collapsed on this evening. Several people who were on the bridge fell into the river. Reports say some 35 people died in the Gujarat bridge tragedy. Many people were seen swimming towards safety after the bridge collapsed. A group of people were also seen clinging on to the broken end of the bridge, which was partly submerged. Read here
"The government takes responsibility for this tragedy. The PM has spoken to the Chief Minister. All top officials are on ground. The renovation happened last week. We are also shocked. We are looking into the matter," said Brijesh Merja, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) of Gujarat.
Arvind Kejriwal, whose AAP appears to be the main challenger to BJP in the upcoming Gujarat polls, said he is praying for the safety of people.
Rahul Gandhi, who is on his Bharat Jodo Yatra, has asked Congress workers to help those injured in the Morbi accident.
The cable bridge in Morbi is a historical bridge. It was renovated last week. After the renovation, it was reopened to the public on the day of Gujarati new year on October 26.
PM Modi has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of people who have lost a member in the accident. Rs 50,000 will be given to those injured.
Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi is on his way to the accident site in Morbi, which is almost 200 km away from state capital Ahmedabad.
PM Modi spoke to Gujarat chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and other officials regarding the mishap in Morbi, his office tweeted, adding that he has sought urgent mobilisation of teams for rescue ops. "He has asked that the situation be closely and continuously monitored, and extend all possible help to those affected," it said.