22 miss­ing af­ter bridge col­lapse

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TWO buses car­ry­ing at least 22 peo­ple plunged into a fast-flow­ing river in west­ern In­dia af­ter a bridge col­lapsed fol­low­ing days of tor­ren­tial mon­soon rains.

Res­cuers raced to the crum­bled bridge south of Mumbai to search for the pas­sen­gers swept away fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent on Au­gust 2.

Tele­vi­sion footage showed chunks of the British-colo­nial era bridge had fallen into the rain-swollen Sav­itri River.

“Twenty-two peo­ple from two buses are miss­ing af­ter the 50-feet [15-me­tre] bridge col­lapsed,” said San­jay Patil, po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent of Raigad dis­trict, where the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

The bridge strad­dling the river lies along a ma­jor high­way con­nect­ing Mumbai to the tourism state of Goa.

Emer­gency work­ers armed with div­ing were scour­ing the river for the miss­ing, but no one has been res­cued so far. –

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