The number of fatalities following the collapse of a footbridge in India grew to 135 on Tuesday, as search activities entered their third day. However, it is believed that virtually all of those who were previously thought to be missing have now been found.
When it collapsed on Sunday evening, the colonial-era bridge in Morbi that crosses the Machchhu River sent people tumbling around 10 meters into the river below. The bridge was filled with tourists who were enjoying the holiday celebrations.
As part of the festivities for the Diwali and Chhath Puja holidays, it is thought that over two hundred individuals were present on the bridge when it gave way. The bridge was 1.25 meters in width and 233 meters in length.
“One person who was hurt in the event and treated to the hospital succumbed to his injuries, increasing the toll to 135,” GT Pandya, a top administrative officer in Morbi, told Reuters. “One person who was injured in the incident and admitted to the hospital died to his injuries.”
The search and rescue activities have resumed as of today. At this time, we think that one individual has gone missing.”
Locals continued to congregate on the riverbanks near the twisted remnants of the bridge as the Indian army, navy, and national disaster response teams began their search activities.
It wasn’t reopened to the public until last week after being shuttered for six months due to repairs that needed to be made.
In the course of their investigation into the collapse of the bridge, the Indian police made nine arrests on Monday. Among those detained were ticketing clerks and contractors.