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A suspension bridge collapsed in India when hundreds of people crossed it: at least 40 dead

The structure in Morbi, in the western state of Gujarat, collapsed on Sunday afternoon as hundreds of people passed through it.

At least 40 people died after the collapse of a suspension bridge in the state of Gujaratiin the west of the Indiadumped hundreds of people into a river, a state minister said.

More than 400 people were on the suspension bridge over the machhu river In the town of Morbi at the time of the collapse, said the local television channel Zeee News.

Television footage showed dozens of people clinging to cables and twisted debris from the collapsed bridge as emergency crews struggled to rescue them. Some climbed up them to try to reach the banks of the river, while others swam to safety.

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“At least 40 people have died so far and another 30 have been injured,” he said. brijesh merja, minister and legislator of Morbi. “Casualties may increase as rescue operations are ongoing.”

The 230-meter historic bridge was built during British rule in the 19th century. had been closed for renewal for six months and was reopened to the public last week.

Authorities said the victims are mostly local people visiting the bridge for tourism purposes.

There are hundreds of injured
There are hundreds of injured

”The regional interior minister has been asked to arrive on the scene and lead the rescue operations. Troops including National Disaster Response Force have been mobilized for rescue operations,” Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel reported on Twitter.

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