Accidents: Media: At least 90 dead in bridge collapse in India

The death toll when a suspension bridge collapsed over a river in western India has risen to at least 90.

Accidents: Media: At least 90 dead in bridge collapse in India

The death toll when a suspension bridge collapsed over a river in western India has risen to at least 90. The broadcaster NDTV gave the number of 91 dead, "The Times of India" feared at least 90 victims. About 100 people were also injured.

The accident happened in Morbi in the state of Gujarat, the newspaper "The Times of India" and local media reported. Many victims fell into the water. A major rescue operation is underway. Helpers were also in boats.

Bridge reopened after renovation work

The pedestrian bridge over the Machchhu River was reopened this week after renovation work, it said. The building dates back to the 19th century. At the time of the collapse, many people were on the suspension bridge. According to "The Times of India" there were around 400 people, according to the broadcaster NDTV even around 500 people. An investigation is underway, Gujarat Labor Minister Brijesh Merja told NDTV.

Images and videos on social media show how the structure appears to be falling apart in the middle and several people are clinging to avoid falling into the water.

There was initially no official information about the cause. Media reports said the construction might not have withstood the load of too many people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office announced on Twitter that compensation would be paid to the victims' families.

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