NEW DELHI — At least 32 people have died and several are believed to have been injured after a cable bridge collapsed into a river in the Indian state of Gujarat on Sunday evening, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
According to local media, hundreds of people plunged into the Machchu River when the bridge in the state’s Morbi district collapsed. It was not immediately clear how many people were on the bridge.
The accident comes just days after the 19th-century colonial-era bridge reopened to the public after renovations. Officials told PTI that the bridge caved in because it could not support the number of people on it.
“Due to the collapse of the bridge, several people fell into the river. A rescue operation is underway,” State Minister Brijesh Merja said. “According to reports, several people were injured. They are rushed to hospitals.
Videos on social media showed people clinging to the partially submerged bridge in distress while another showed people swimming to safety.
Rescue operations are underway, with three National Disaster Response Force teams dispatched to the site, local media reported.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is visiting his home state of Gujarat, said he was “deeply saddened by the tragedy”. His office announced compensation to the families of the dead and called for swift rescue efforts.
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