Monday, November 28, 2022

At least 90 dead after bridge collapses in Gujarat

A British-era bridge in Gujarat’s Morbi collapsed just a week after renovation, killing at least 91 people, many of them were women and children. Search is on for over 100 others.
According to reports, over 400 people were at the bridge before it plunged into the river. State authorities said that the death toll could go up as rescue operations were on. Reports from the local hospital stated that the death toll had risen to 91, with many injured patients in critical condition.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from the PM’s national relief fund for the next of kin of those deceased and Rs. 50,000 for each person injured in the accident.
Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel also announced compensation of Rs. 4 lakh to the families of the deceased, and Rs. 50,000 to the injured.
The incident took place at 6.40 p.m. when dozens of people were on the bridge, known as Julto Pool (shaking bridge); the 230-metre-long (754 feet) colonial-era crossing was built during British rule of India in the 19th Century.
“The bridge was given to Oreva company for operation and maintenance for 15 years. In March this year, it was closed for the public for renovation. It reopened after renovation on the Gujarati New Year Day celebrated on October 26,” said Chief Officer of Morbi Municipality Sandeepsinh Zala.
Meanwhile, three platoons of NDRF with 50 personnel of Indian Navy, 30 personnel of IAF along with two columns of Army personnel and seven teams of Fire Brigade rushed to Morbi with advanced equipment from Rajkot.
Three teams of state relief force and two more NDRF teams were airlifted from Vadodara airport to Rajkot airport, officials said.

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