At least 78 people have been killed in the collapse of a newly renovated suspension bridge in the Indian state of Gujarat. Many women and children are among the fatalities. Dozens of people have been injured.
The Home Minister of Gujarat, Harsh Sanghavi, said the tragedy occurred at around 6:30 pm local time on Sunday, when 150 people were on the bridge.
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.
India’s President Droupadi Murmu has expressed condolences to all those affected, saying the tragedy in Morbi has left her worried.
RT. com / ABC Flash-Point India News 2022.