The death toll in Morbi suspension bridge collapse rose to 132 on Monday, Gujarat Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi said, adding rescue personnel are looking for two persons believed missing.
“The rescue operation is in its last stage in the Machchhu river. It will be over soon,” the minister told reporters.
“As per the latest information, 132 people lost their lives in the tragedy and two are still missing,” the minister said.
As per info received from local admin, 132 bodies recovered & 2 are still missing. Search op is on to trace them. 5 teams of NDRF deployed. SDRF, Fire Brigade, Army, Garud commandos are also there. It’s a matter of time & search op will end soon, NDRF DIG Mohsen Shahidi told ANI
In a PTI report, The state information department said that five teams of NDRF, six platoons of SDRF, a team of Air Force, two columns of Army, and two teams of Indian Navy apart from local rescue teams were involved in the operation that continued through the night.
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel reached the accident site late in the night and also met those injured at the civil hospital.
The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured.
The National Disaster Response Force rushed three teams to Morbi district.
Following the accident, Modi has cancelled his road show, scheduled to be held in Ahmedabad Monday ahead of the state Assembly polls, BJP sources said.
Everyone worked all through the night. Navy, NDRF, Air Force and Army reached quickly. More than 200 persons have worked the entire night (for search and rescue operations): Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi told ANI later while briefing the media