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Several hundred people were reportedly on the newly renovated suspension bridge in Gujarat at the time of incident.

Dozens have been killed following the collapse of a newly renovated bridge in the Indian state of Gujarat, state government minister Brijesh Merja told the media on Sunday.

Home Minister of Gujarat Harsh Sanghavi said the tragedy occurred around 6:30pm local time on Sunday, when 150 people were on the strucure. According to witnesses, the figure may have been much higher.

“More than 60 people have died,” said Merja, who is now at the scene of the tragedy, as quoted by the Times of India.

He earlier revealed that some had succumbed to thir injuries after being rescued. A rescue operation is ongoing.

 

The 230-metre bridge was built in the 19th century, during British rule. It reopened to the public this week, after a six-month renovation. It is believed the structure was unable to support the weight of the large number of people walking on it.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has discussed the tragedy with Gujarat senior officials.

“Relief and rescue operations are going on in full swing and all necessary assistance is being provided to the affected,” Modi said.

India’s President Droupadi Murmu has expressed condolences to all those affected, saying the tragedy in Morbi has left her “worried.”

“Relief and rescue efforts will bring succour to the victims,” the president said on her official Twitter account, which is run by her office.

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Source:RT News

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