At least 60 people, including women and children, have died after a hundred-year-old suspension bridge collapsed into a river in Gujarat, India. Dozens of other people were injured in the accident. Hundreds are missing.

The old bridge over Machu river in Morbi district of the state collapsed on Sunday evening.

According to Times of India, the old one was repaired some time ago. The bridge was inaugurated four days ago at the end of the work. More than five hundred people were on the bridge when it collapsed. At least a hundred of them are missing.

After the collapse of the bridge, along with the country’s law and order forces, locals also took part in the rescue operation.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Gujarat on a three-day visit. He ordered rescue operations to be carried out on an urgent basis in the event of the collapse of the bridge.

According to Gujarat’s labor and employment minister Brijesh Merza, the country’s daily The Hindu reported that 60 people have lost their lives so far in the suspension bridge collapse in Morbi.

According to NDTV report, this suspension bridge of Morbi, built about a hundred years ago, is also in the list of historical structures of the country. The bridge was re-opened for traffic four days ago (October 26) after repairs on the occasion of Gujarat’s local New Year. The bridge is believed to have collapsed in the middle.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National Relief Fund has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of those killed in the accident and Rs 50,000 to each of the injured. Apart from this, the state government has also announced Rs 4 lakh to the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 to the families of the injured.

30th October/ES