Many missing in Goa bridge collapse

Rescue and relief works in progress after the Sanvardem Bridge collapsed in Curchorem South Goa

Rescue and relief works in progress after the Sanvardem Bridge collapsed in Curchorem South Goa

Some say it is 40-50 (persons) who were on the bridge, some say it around 30. "Around 50 people had gathered". While two people were reportedly found dead, nobody has been pulled alive from the river so far.

Prasad Naik, another witness who is one of the luckiest escapees, said he had moved back a few metres from the footbridge because he had received a call on his mobile.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team from Pune took charge of the search operations in the afternoon.

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

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.

Several people died in the neighbouring state of Maharashtra in August past year when a British-era bridge collapsed, washing away a handful of vehicles. "A helicopter sortie is being undertaken along the river for aerial search", a spokesman of the Indian Navy said. "People wanting to see the rescue of a youth who had jumped into the river removed the barricades on the bridge", he said. Officials said navy divers with Geminis boats were carrying out searches.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday spoke to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar after a Portuguese era footbridge collapsed in Curchorem.

The rescue operation at the mishap site stopped after recovering three bodies. "Search and rescue operations have been intensified", Singh tweeted.

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