According to reports, more than 100 people died when what was known as the “hanging bridge” in Morbi, Gujarat, fell on Sunday night, shocking the entire nation. As soon as the disaster occurred, rescue teams—including members of the armed forces and the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force)—were dispatched to the scene, and work was done all night. According to news agency ANI, around 150 individuals have so far been saved.
Top updates on the Morbi bridge collapse are as follows:
1. On Sunday night, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel visited the accident scene, assessed the situation, and convened a review meeting. “The Morbi tragedy worries Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He communicates with me frequently and receives real-time updates on the relief efforts, medical care for the injured, and rescue operations “In a late-night tweet, the Chief Minister made a statement. His office published images of him speaking with officials and examining the area.
2 “So far, we have found 120 bodies. As the search operation goes on, it’s possible that the death toll will rise “According to AFP, police officer P Dekavadiya made the statement.
3. On Sunday morning, PM Modi arrived in his home state to formally lay the cornerstone for the Vadodara-based Tata-Airbus aircraft manufacturing factory. He expressed his condolences for the losses, demanded the prompt deployment of rescue crews in the wake of the catastrophe, and disclosed a $2 lakh payout to the relatives of the deceased.
4. It’s unclear whether the bridge had a certificate of clearance when it was only recently reopened. At the time of the accident, it was crowded.
5. “The Oreva corporation received a 15-year contract to operate and maintain the bridge. It was closed to the public for renovations starting in March of this year. On October 26, the Gujarati New Year, it reopened,” Morbi Chief Security Officer Sandeep Singh Jhala informed the reporters, according to HT. “We don’t know if the corporation received the fitness certificate for operating the bridge or not.”
6. Eyewitnesses described how the bridge collapsed within seconds of the catastrophe taking place. At the time of the catastrophe, hundreds were gathered on the bridge.
7. “The Prime Minister’s Office has offered significant assistance to carry out the rescue effort. Police and the SDRF are already on the scene. Cases under sections 304, 308, and 114 of the IPC have been filed against the bridge management team, according to news outlet ANI’s quotation of Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi.
8. According to what Sanghavi previously stated, a first information report (FIR) was filed against the person who is deemed to be at fault under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (intentional act causing death), and 114 (abettor present while offence committed).
9. A high-level investigation has also been requested.
10. The accident occurs as the state is preparing for elections. However, the dates have not yet been made public.