Goa: Two dead, 30 missing after footbridge over Sanvordem river collapses

Goa: Two dead, 30 missing after footbridge over Sanvordem river collapses

Goa: Two dead, 30 missing after footbridge over Sanvordem river collapses

At least one person was killed while 22 others were rescued after a foot bridge on Sanvordem river collapsed in south Goa's Curchorem town on Thursday evening, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said.

Onlookers crowded on the footbridge to watch the operation when the structure gave way, sending a large number of people crashing into the river.

District officials told reporters here that the body of Prakash Ekka, 28, from Jharkhand was taken out by divers early on Friday, taking the body count to two.

"We are trying to establish how many people are missing by interviewing witnesses", Prabhudessai said. The fire and emergency services have begun the search operation.

A metal footbridge over the Zuari River in the western Indian state of Goa has collapsed, killing several people who had gathered on the bridge after an alleged suicide attempt, local police said. Almost 20 people swam to safety when the bridge collapsed on Thursday afternoon.

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The rescue operation at the mishap site stopped after recovering three bodies. The footbridge is noted to be from Portuguese era and was closed for Public use.

A spokesman for the Indian Navy today said the collapsed part of the bridge was removed last night.

State PWD minister Ramkrishna stated that people do not take warnings seriously which mentioned before moving to bridge and such ignorance caused the incident of yesterday. Officials said navy divers with Geminis boats were carrying out searches.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he spoke to Parrikar following the bridge collapse reports.

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