Mumbai-Goa highway bridge collapse: NDRF teams rushed to the spot, PM Modi assures of help

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Updated: August 3, 2016 11:59:34 AM

Over 22 people are reported missing after a British-era bridge collapsed on the Mumbai-Goa highway in Maharashtra on Tuesday night because of heavy rain.

The chief minister said that the primary reason seems to be the high pressure caused due to flooding of river Savitri due to heavy rains in the catchment area of Mahabaleshwar. (Image: Indian Navy)The chief minister said that the primary reason seems to be the high pressure caused due to flooding of river Savitri due to heavy rains in the catchment area of Mahabaleshwar. (Image: Indian Navy)

Over 22 people are reported missing after a British-era bridge collapsed on the Mumbai-Goa highway in Maharashtra on Tuesday night because of heavy rain. Two buses and several vehicles plunged into the river near Raigad district, Devendra Fadnavis said. The chief minister said that the primary reason seems to be the high pressure caused due to flooding of river Savitri due to heavy rains in the catchment area of Mahabaleshwar. “There were two parallel bridges; one is a new bridge and one constructed during the British era. The old one collapsed.”

He even said that PM Narendra Modi assured him of all help from the Centre. The Maharashtra government has rushed an NDRF team from Pune to the spot and rescue operations are underway. They are, however, facing some difficulty owing to heavy rains and consequently a traffic pile-up. NDRF DG OP Singh said: “We have rushed one NDRF team to the spot from Pune. The team is facing some difficulty in reaching due to heavy rains and traffic, but they will reach shortly. As per initial information, some vehicles and people have been swept away. Our team is equipped with deep divers and life saving equipment. Our team will immediately carry out rescue operations as soon as it reaches.”

Aerial view of the scene. (Image Indian Navy)Aerial view of the scene. (Image Indian Navy)

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appears to be closely monitoring the situation and has been providing updates of the government’s efforts on Twitter.

 

 

“Traffic on highway is stopped. Administration is ascertaining strength and stability of new bridge,” he tweeted early on Wednesday. “There is no confirmed assessment about casualties,” he said.

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