British-Era Mumbai-Goa Highway Bridge Collapses; Rescue Operation Underway

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A British-era bridge on the Mumbai-Goa highway collapsed late on Tuesday night, and 22 people, 2 buses, and several cars are yet to be found.

Two buses are among the dozen vehicles that are missing since the bridge collapsed. Over 12 hours after the incident, the bodies of two victims have been recovered.

The district administration and police rushed to the spot and restored traffic through a new bridge not far away from the spot. Three National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, comprising of 80 personnel, have been assigned for rescue operations.

The Savitri river is presently flowing violently due to the rise in its water level and heavy rains in the area is said to be slowing down the rescue operations. Coast Guard helicopters are being deputed for spotting the possible survivors.

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Story first published: Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 15:25 [IST]
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