Goa bridge collapse toll rises to two, one missing

15 people have been rescued while five have been admitted to hospital

15 people have been rescued while five have been admitted to hospital

At least one person was killed, while 35 others were rescued after a foot bridge on Sanvordem river collapsed in south Goa's Curchorem town, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said. "The body is that of the man, who had committed suicide before the bridge collapse", a senior police official told PTI. "Some of those who fell into the river, managed to swim ashore", the police said.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

PWD minister Sudin Dhavalikar, who has been at the site, said that "the bridge had been closed, but people who wanted to see a man being rescued, removed the barricades and stood on the bridge". While some have been rescued many are missing.

Spoke to Goa CM Shri @manoharparrikar regarding the bridge collapse on Sanvordem River. "But on Thursday, nearly 100 jumped over from the old bridge to this footbridge They invited the calamity", he said.

While the rescue team and officials are not sure about how many people were on the bridge, the search operation for the people missing is now on.

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The rescue operation was going on until late night.

Prasad Naik, another witness who is one of the luckiest escapees, said he had moved back a few metres from the footbridge because he had received a call on his mobile. Around 50 people had fallen in the river following the collapse of the bridge.

"The government will also carry out a safety audit of bridges and those which are found unsafe and not used by commuters, would be dismantled", he said.

The search operation had begun at 7:30 am on Friday. Many were feared trapped under the collapsed bridge.

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