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At Least 140 People Killed in India Bridge Collapse

India bridge collapse
The bridge reopened four days ago after undergoing renovation. Credit: Video screenshot/ABC News

At least 141 people died in India after a cable bridge carrying hundreds of people collapsed into a river on Sunday evening, according to officials.

The bridge collapsed over the Machchhu River in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Several people were injured and trapped underneath the bridge after the accident, leaving officials to fear that the death count could increase.

Photos and videos from the scene showed people gathering on the bank of the river beside the mangled metal walkway, which hung at a sharp angle into the water, where rescue workers in inflatable dinghies searched for survivors.

Shocking footage from the collapsed bridge in India

Footage showed people holding the cables and remains of the bridge as emergency teams tried to reach them. Some climbed up the wrecked structure to reach the river banks while others swam to safety.

The collapse occurred in Morbi about 125 miles from the state capital of west Ahmedabad. The bridge had just reopened after undergoing renovation four days ago and could not bear the weight of the people standing on it, local officials said.

Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi said some two hundred people are estimated to have been on the bridge when it collapsed. A cable at one end appears to have snapped, he added.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Sunday that he is “deeply saddened by the tragedy at Morbi.”

Rescue operations are “in full swing,” and assistance is being provided to those affected, Modi wrote.

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