According to the Press Trust of India news agency, a cable bridge collapsed into a river on Sunday evening in the western Indian state of Gujarat, killing at least 32 persons and injuring several others.
According to local media sources, numerous people reportedly fell into the Machchu River as the bridge in the state’s Morbi district collapsed.
It was unclear how many individuals were on the bridge at the time.
The colonial-era bridge from the 19th century was just renovated and reopened to the public when the accident occurred.
According to officials, the bridge collapsed because too many people were using it.
“Several people plunged into the river due to the bridge collapsing. A rescue effort is in progress, according to state minister Brijesh Merja.
Social media videos displayed distressed individuals hanging to the partially submerged bridge, while another depicted individuals are swimming to safety.
According to local media, three National Disaster Response Force Teams have arrived on the scene and are starting rescue operations.
While visiting his home state of Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his “deep sadness” over the disaster.
His administration announced compensation for the slain victims’ families and a call for swift rescue attempts.
BREAKING: Cable bridge with hundreds of people collapses in the Gujarat's Morbi area in India
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