Two dead, around 35 rescued as bridge collapses in Goa

Crowd of 50 Falls in River as Footbridge Collapses in Savordem Goa, Rescue Operations Underway

Since from the last 4 years, Closed the bridge for the Traffic problem. "Roughly it could be 40 odd", Parrikar told media persons late on Thursday.

The tragedy occurred as a crowd assembled on the decades-old bridge on the Sanvordem river in Curchorem village, 45 km from here, to watch an unidentified person attempt suicide.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

"The people, who were watching the rescue operation, were not only from the local village but numerous commuters had stopped to see what is happening", he said. "Search and rescue ops have been identified", Union Home minister Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.

"Nine naval divers with boats and associated equipment rush to Curchorem, south Goa bridge collapse site, for search-and-rescue operations", the Navy tweeted. The bridge collapsed under the weight of scores of onlookers who were watching a woman who was trying to commit suicide.

The Indian Navy has been requested to assist in the rescue operations and the divers have rushed to the spot.




Rescue operations by the Navy and the Coast Guard were under way until last reports came in.

"The search operation was called off around midnight yesterday due to poor visibility".

"The work of preparing a list of dilapidated bridges across the state and then dismantling them will be taken up seriously", State Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai said after visiting the site.

Goa365TV reported that, "One dead body found hanging on the collapsed footbridge which was pulled out with a crane".

"Chetak helicopters in search and rescue role ... to search downstream".

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