More than 20 people are feared dead as a British-era bridge which was built nearly seven decades ago broke down at around 1 am Wednesday morning. The possible reason for the crashing of the bridge seems to be heavy rains due to which flood waters rushed into Savitri River.
According to a tweet from the official account of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, two buses of state transport which were carrying 18 passengers and two conductors went missing in the Mahad bridge tragedy.
“There were 2 parallel bridges — one is a new bridge and one constructed during the British era. The old one got collapsed,” the CM tweeted at 2.30 a.m.
The state transport department has appealed to the relatives of missing passengers to contact helpline numbers- (02141) 222118 and toll-free number 107. According to National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), nearly 80 rescuers and divers personnel have been sent for the search operation.
“The NDRF teams have reached and they are trying their level best to ensure relief and rehabilitation and a massive search is underway. A desperate attempt has been made to locate the buses that have gone into the river,” Fadnavis said.
While Prime Minister assured full support and all help in rescue and relief operations, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has deployed a Chetak helicopter along with a Sea King 42C all-weather aircraft with a diving team.
“There is no confirmed assessment about casualties since the area is very dark. Administration will ensure speedy rescue & relief operations,” the CM tweeted in a series of tweets.