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India bridge death toll rises to 132 as rescuers search Machhu River

India bridge death toll rises to 132 as rescuers search Machhu River

The death toll from a bridge that collapsed in Gujarat state in India rose to 132 on Monday, Reuters reported.

The footbridge in the town of Morbi was packed with people enjoying holiday sightseeing when it fell into the Machhu River on Sunday, plunging people into the fast-flowing current.

"The death toll in the bridge collapse incident has gone up to 132. The search and rescue operations are continuing," senior official NK Muchhar told Reuters, warning that the victim count could rise further.

Military personnel have joined rescue teams from nearby districts to search the river for any remaining victims, Muchhar said.

India bridge death toll rises to 132 as rescuers search Machhu River

More than 400 people were on and around the colonial-era bridge when it collapsed, said authorities. The bridge was a sightseeing point for people celebrating the Diwali and Chhath Puja holidays.

A five-member team has been tasked with investigating the causes of the disaster.

 

India bridge death toll rises to 132 as rescuers search Machhu River

The 230-metre bridge was built in the 19th century during British rule. It was reopened recently after undergoing six months of repair and renovation.

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