2 Dead, 30 Missing After Footbridge Collapses In India

2 Dead, 30 Missing After Footbridge Collapses In India

NEW DELHI, May 19 (Bernama) — Two people were killed and 30 others missing after a footbridge they were standing on collapsed in western Indian state of Goa, China’s Xinhua news agency reported officials as saying.

The footbridge collapsed over Sanvordem river at Curchorem village in South Goa district , Thursday evening.

“Last evening a footbridge caved in here during which a crowd of around 50 fell into the river. We have fished out two bodies late in the night and search for the missing is going on,” a senior police official said.

According to police, some people managed to swim towards the river bank, while others were rescued.

“We fear some people might be trapped in the debris of the bridge and today, we are going to carry out search in the river,” the police official said.

Locals said the footbridge was in dilapidated condition and had been closed for traffic for the past four years.

State-run broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) Friday said some of the missing are feared to be dead.

AIR said 14 people rescued from the river were admitted at nearby hospitals.

According to eyewitnesses, the crowd had gathered on the bridge to watch fire and emergency services personnel rescuing a youth who had jumped into the river in a suicide bid.

— BERNAMA