December 4, 2022

The Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy and NDRF are conducting search and rescue operations together with the local administration and other authorities

Morbi (Gujarat): With one other injured who succumbed to Tuesday morning in the district hospital, the death toll stands at 135, the Morbi District Collector said.

The Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are conducting search and rescue operations at the site of the Morbi Bridge collapse, along with local government and other authorities.

“With one other injured who succumbed some time ago in the district hospital, the death toll is 135. A total of 14 people remain in the hospital. One person is still reported missing and a search is underway,” said the Morbi Collector district.

Commander Prasanna Kumar, NDRF Rescue Officer, said: “We have continued our search and rescue operations since yesterday. We resumed it this morning and continue it. We were not informed of an official missing person count, but it is believed that three or four people may be in the river bed. Although we have not recovered anyone or a missing person today, we will continue the operation.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Morbi in Gujarat today.

Earlier on October 31, nine people including officials from Oreva, the company that renovated the bridge, ticket vendors and security guards were arrested for the Morbi Bridge collapse in Gujarat.

“We arrested nine people after filing FIR with various departments of the IPC. Those arrested include Oreva company managers and ticket clerks,” said Ashok Yadav, IG, Rajkot Range.

“As soon as we receive evidence, the police will further arrest the accused. We have also formed a special investigation team into the incident,” he added.
On Sunday, the suspension bridge over the Machchhu River in the Morbi district. Visuals showed people falling into the river below.

Gujarat Interior Minister Harsh Sanghavi said a criminal case had been registered in relation to the incident.
A First Information Report (FIR) has been filed by Gujarat Police in connection with the bridge collapse in Morbi district of Gujarat against private agencies for attempted manslaughter and manslaughter without homicide.

Gujarat Police have filed a first information report under IPC Sections 304 and 308 (culpable manslaughter other than murder) in the bridge collapse tragedy.

The Gujarat government has formed a five-member committee to investigate the bridge collapse.
Police also said the manager’s agency failed to treat the bridge with due care and quality control and kept it open to people on October 26, showing serious negligence.

The bridge was reportedly closed for maintenance for around 8 months and the repair work was being carried out by a private agency.

A nationwide mourning for those who died in the Morbi tragedy will take place in Gujarat on November 2nd.

The decision was made at a high-level meeting in Gandhinagar Raj Bhavan chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The national flag will be flown at half-mast on November 2 atop government buildings across the state, and no public functions, receptions, or government entertainment programs will be held.

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