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Tragedy as key Mumbai–Goa bridge collapses

India bridge collapse

A desperate search for survivors is underway after a bridge on the Mumbai to Goa highway collapsed over a flooded river.

Rescuers are searching for people including those from two buses which are believed to have fallen into the Savitri River. The river was swollen after heavy monsoon rains. Reports say at least 22 people are missing.

Maharashtra state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Twitter that there were two parallel bridges. One is a new bridge and one was constructed during the British-era – the old one collapsed.

India bridge collapse

India bridge collapse chief minister tweet

Source: @CMOMaharashtra / Twitter

A spokesperson for India’s Navy has been posting photos of the rescue operation on Twitter. They said that 16 divers were at the scene helping with the operation.

India bridge tweet

India bridge tweet

Source: @indiannavy / Twitter

India bridge collapse

India bridge collapse

Source: @indiannavy / Twitter

It comes four months after a flyover under construction collapsed in the Indian city of Kolkata. A portion of a composite steel on the Vivekananda flyover fell on to a busy road in the densely populated area of Girish Park in the north of the city.

 

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