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More than 20 people are feared dead after two buses plunged into a swollen river when an Indian bridge collapsed in monsoon rain
- Colonial-era bridge over the Savitri River collapsed during heavy rainfall
- It caused two buses to plunge into the swollen river close to Mumbai
- At least 22 people are missing, feared dead after being swept away
At least 22 people are feared dead after two buses plunged into a flooded river when an old bridge collapsed in monsoon rain in western India.
Rescuers raced to the crumbled bridge south of the financial capital of Mumbai to search for the passengers swept away following the accident yesterday.
Television footage showed large chunks of the British-colonial era had fallen into the swollen Savitri River.
At least two dead bodies have been recovered by search teams working on the river.
Sanjay Patil, police superintendent of Raigad district where the accident took place, said: ‘Twenty two people from two buses are missing after the 50-feet long bridge collapsed.;
The bridge straddling the river lies along a major highway connecting Mumbai to the tourism state of Goa.
Emergency workers armed with diving and other specialist equipment were scouring the river for the missing.
National Disaster Response Force chief O.P Singh said: ‘As per initial information, some vehicles and people have been swept away. Our team has rushed to the spot.
‘Our team is equipped with deep divers and life-saving equipment.’
Television footage showed a helicopter flying over the river searching for survivors.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the bridge appeared to have collapsed after being pounded by the flooded river.
‘The primary reason seems to be the high pressure caused due to flooding of river Savitri due to heavy rains in catchment of Mahabaleshwar,’ he said on Twitter.
The incident is the latest in a string of deadly accidents in India where enforcement of safety rules is weak and substandard materials are often used.
In April, an under-construction flyover collapsed in the eastern city of Kolkata, killing 26 people.
Scores of people die every year from flooding and landslides during the annual monsoon rains in India and the neighbouring countries of Nepal and Bangladesh.
News Source Daily Mail