At least 141 people died when a suspension bridge collapsed.e on a river in the Indian state of Gujarat, in the west of the country, according to the latest balance provided by the authorities, which shows that 19 people were admitted to hospital in serious condition.
Another 177 would have been rescued, although the rescue teams are working in the area with the aim of locating those people who remain missing, according to the local television network NDTV.
According to eyewitness accounts, about 500 people, including women and children, were crossing the bridge when the cables that held it broke and they all fell into the water. Apparently many of them were performing Chhath rituals of the Vedic religion.
The Indian chain collects that in the videos broadcast about the event you can see how some people rush over others and how some try to cling to the remains of the bridge while others swim to safety.
The suspension bridge of Morbi, over the river Machchhu, was a historic structure from the british colonial era which was restored and reopened to the public just four days ago for the Gujarati New Year celebration after being closed for seven months.
The state government took responsibility for the tragedy. in statements by the state Minister of Employment, Housing and Development, Rusal Brijesh Merja, to the NDTV network, who claimed to be “shocked by what happened.”
After the collapse, dozens of people were submerged and for which the authorities They do not rule out that some of them could still be trapped under the rubble. However, rescue efforts were hampered as night fell.
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 800 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)