22 feared dead as bridge collapses in western India
03 August 2016, 15:59
New Delhi —
Two buses plunged into a flooded river after an old bridge collapsed in western
India, leaving at least 22 people missing and feared dead, an official said on
had not found the buses or any survivors hours after the single-lane bridge on
the Mumbai-Goa highway collapsed about midnight on Tuesday, said Devendra Fadnavis,
Maharashtra state's chief minister.
two Maharashtra state-run buses were carrying a total of 18 passengers, two
drivers and two conductors, according to Fadanavis.
said the bridge, constructed in the 1940s, likely collapsed because it was buffeted
by strong currents from the Savitri River, which was flooded by monsoon rains.
Singh, chief of the National Disaster Response Force, said that 80 rescuers,
including divers, rushed to the area, but that their efforts were being
hampered by heavy rains.
helicopter hovered over the area trying to spot the buses or any bodies
floating in the swollen river.
parts of India have been lashed by heavy downpours lately. The monsoon season
runs from June to September.