50 people fall into river after bridge collapses; dozens feared drowned

50 people fall into river after bridge collapses; dozens feared drowned

Panaji: In a tragic incident, at least fifty people swept away after a footbridge collapsed in south Goa's Curchorem on Thursday.

There were reports that a person has jumped from the bridge in a suicide attempt and people rushed on the bridge when the old bridge, which was closed for vehicles, collapsed.

Reports suggest that around 10 people have been rescued so far.

South Goa Collector Swapnil Nail said that the exact number of people missing had not yet been established. "Some of those who fell into the river, managed to swim ashore", the police said. Total no of casualties are still not clear while rescue operation is underway.

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Fifteen people have been admitted to hospital, said one policeman, while rescue teams are working at the site. A major rescue operation is now underway and the police and the fire brigade are now at spot. "Search and rescue ops have been intensified", Rajnath Singh tweeted.

Spoke to Goa CM Shri @manoharparrikar regarding the bridge collapse on Sanvordem River.

Last year, a bridge across the Savitri River on the Mumbai-Goa highway collapsed taking lives of few people.

Reportedly, the Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar requested Indian Navy and Coast Guard divers for immediate aid in the rescue operation.

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