One dead, dozens feared missing after Goa bridge collapses

One dead, dozens feared missing after Goa bridge collapses

One dead, dozens feared missing after Goa bridge collapses

A woman's suicide bid took an unexpected turn when a Portuguese-era bridge, on which onlookers had gathered, collapsed under the weight of the crowd at Sanvordem in South Goa on Thursday.

"A metallic old bridge on the river has collapsed where about 40 persons had gathered", Shekhar Prabhudesai, superintendent of police in South Goa, who is heading the rescue operations, told Reuters over phone. "But on Thursday, nearly 100 jumped over from the old bridge to this footbridge They invited the calamity", he said.

"I have received reports that 22 people have been rescued by the fire brigade".

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Please enter your email. It is noted that, 5 people have been rescued so far while some have swam out of the river.

The footbridge which was constructed over 30 years ago was not in use and had been closed down by the authorities after a new bridge had been constructed.

South Goa MP Narendra Savaikar said, "The old bridge was shut as it was weak". The five persons rescued were admitted to the nearest State government hospital.

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Speaking to media persons PWD Minister Ramkrishna (Sudin) Dhavalikar, who was present at the site till late night, said that authorities had barricaded both sides of the footbridge and put up board warning people not to enter the bridge.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters in Panaji that the exact number of people missing as a result of the accident was still not known and that Indian Navy divers had been pressed into search and rescue operations. "When the bridge caved in, all of them fell into the river", the officer said.

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