Thursday, August 04, 2016

India bridge collapse: Rescuers recover 3 bodies amid search for missing people

Three bodies have been recovered from the flooded Savitri River amid search for missing in bridge collapse in Indian state of Maharastra, official said Thursday.

"We have recovered three male bodies and search operation is now going on in full swing," an official said. "Body of bus driver of state transport was found around 120 km from the site of bridge collapse."

The search operations for missing vehicles and passengers drowned in the river resumed in the morning. The disaster response force has expanded the search to 150 km in two districts of Raigadh and Ratnagiri.

Reports said 20 people in over a dozen vehicles are feared dead after being taken away by strong water currents of flooded river. However, the exact number of missing people in the tragedy remains unknown.

On early Wednesday the 50-feet highway bridge collapsed in Raigadh district, about 63 km south of Mumbai city, the capital of Maharashtra. The bridge connecting Mumbai to famous tourist resort of Goa crashed in River Savitri due to flood waters triggered by heavy monsoon rains.

Authorities have pressed in Air force, coast guard and four teams comprising of 120 personnel of disaster response force to search for the missing vehicles and bodies.

Reports said a large crowd of people including family members of missing persons have gathered to watch the rescue efforts.


  1. 5 bodies recovered in India bridge collapse; dozens missing...

    At least 22 people remain missing after a highway bridge collapsed near Mumbai, sending at least two buses and a car into the swollen Savitri River.

    The National Disaster Response Force is using massive magnets to dredge the river to find the missing vehicles. Two state buses with at least 22 people on board were driving across the 50-foot, 1940s-era bridge when it collapsed.

    Search teams have recovered at least five bodies, including the body of of one of the bus drivers, identified as Srikant Kamble, and two women......

  2. Rescue teams found the dead bodies of 14 people out of the 42 who were missing after the vehicles they were traveling in fell into a river Wednesday after a bridge collapsed due to heavy floods in western India...

    The incident occurred early Wednesday in the Raigad district in Maharashtra and although initial reports said only 22 were missing, later the count was raised to 42 based on information from family members.

    Raigad Deputy Collector, Vagal Satish, told EFE Friday that 14 dead bodies were recovered and provided new details on the missing.

    According to Vagal, the number of people on the two public buses were 26 and not 22 as initially reported, while the remaining 16 were in several private vehicles when the bridge collapsed.....EFE

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