At least 68 dead as cable bridge collapses in Morbi, several injured & more trapped

Oct 30, 2022, 09:00 pm

Around 6:30pm, the bridge in Morbi carrying 150 people collapsed. In just 15 mins, fire brigade, collector, district SP, doctors, ambulance reached the spot... I'll be reaching the spot too: Gujarat HM Harsh Sanghavi

The bridge, more than 700 feet long, was built during British rule in the 19th century. It was closed for renovation for six months and reopened for the public last week.

3 NDRF teams have already been dispatched--two from Gandhinagar & one from Baroda--to assist in the rescue operation following an accident in Gujarat's Morbi city in which several people fell into Machchhu river after a suspension bridge collapsed: DG NDRF Atul Karwal

Ambulances have reached the spot to carry the injured to hospitals. Rescue operations are underway. There were over 400 people on the bridge at the time. They fell in the Machchu river in the town of Morbi, a local TV channel said.

Expressing grief over the incident, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel took to Twitter and wrote, "I'm deeply saddened by the tragedy of suspension bridge collapse in Morbi. Relief & rescue ops are ongoing. Instructions given to arrange immediate treatment of the injured. I'm in constant contact with the district administration in this regard."