Gujarat authorities have launched a legal investigation into the collapse of a bridge that killed greater than 130 individuals within the residence state of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.
Harsh Sanghavi, the western state’s residence minister, introduced on Monday that not less than 134 individuals had been killed after cables on the newly reopened Morbi bridge snapped on Sunday.
Practically 180 individuals had been rescued, in accordance with information businesses carrying experiences by native officers after emergency staff toiled by means of the night time. Authorities warned that the dying toll may rise.
The catastrophe threatens to overshadow a three-day go to by Modi to Gujarat, which is about to carry legislative meeting elections this 12 months.
The premier has cancelled one occasion with native organisers from his Bharatiya Janata Occasion, native media reported. However Modi nonetheless plans to open a number of improvement tasks within the state that he led as chief minister from 2001 to 2014.
“Hardly ever in my life have I skilled such ache,” Modi mentioned of the Morbi bridge catastrophe throughout a public handle on Monday to commemorate the birthday of Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first residence minister and the deputy prime minister after the nation received independence from Britain.
Modi added that the federal government would award compensation of Rs200,000 ($2,400) to households of the lifeless and Rs50,000 to injured survivors.
Video footage confirmed chaotic scenes as rescuers dragged individuals from the Machchu river whereas others clung to the stays of the dangling pedestrian suspension bridge, a well-liked attraction marketed by Gujarat Tourism as “a nostalgic reminder of Victorian London”.
The 233m-long, colonial-era bridge had reopened lower than every week earlier than the tragedy after being renovated by a personal firm.
Morbi municipality chief Sandeep Jhala mentioned that the native council “had not but issued a health certificates” following the renovation, the BBC reported.
India’s armed forces joined the rescue effort, whereas the Gujarat state authorities, which is managed by the BJP, mentioned a high-level committee could be set as much as probe the catastrophe.
CCTV footage taken on the bridge in the meanwhile of the accident exhibits a number of males intentionally making an attempt to swing the hanging bridge forwards and backwards, earlier than the cables supporting the construction snap, sending dozens of individuals tumbling into the water under.
A whole bunch of tourists had descended on the bridge, a well-liked ticketed vacationer web site, throughout India’s Diwali vacation when it collapsed. Girls and kids had been among the many victims.
It is among the area’s deadliest accidents for the reason that 1979 dam failure on the Machchu river, which killed tons of of individuals.