News British Era Bridge Collapsed On The Mumbai-Goa Highway Due To Heavy Rain

British Era Bridge Collapsed On The Mumbai-Goa Highway Due To Heavy Rain

An old bridge on the Mumbai-Goa interstate highway close to Mahad collapsed in the wee hours of Wednesday morning in the Raigad area in the Konkan district because of substantial downpours.

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Over 20 people are reported missing after the British-era bridge collapsed late last night because of heavy rain. Two buses and several vehicles plunged into the river near Raigad district, 84 km from Mumbai.

The accurate number of casualties has still not been discovered and rescue operations are in progress. However, among the vehicles that have likely been swept away are two state transports conveying 18 travelers, two transport drivers and two conductors. One of the bus was setting out from Jaigarh to Mumbai and the other was travelling out from Rajapur to Borivali.

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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted at 2.30 am saying he had spoken to the Raigad Superintendent of Police and Collector regarding the mishap on the Mumbai-Goa Highway.

PM Narendra Modi also spoke to Fadnavis and took details about the incident and offered all help regarding the rescue operation.

“Administration has rushed to the spot for rescue and immediate measures. There were two parallel bridges. One is a new bridge and one was constructed during the British era. The old one collapsed.” – Said Fadnavis

The Chief Minister additionally said that the main reason behind the breakdown of the bridge is by all accounts the flooding of River Savitri because of heavy rainfall in the catchment zone of Mahabaleshwar. He likewise included that promptly after the incident there was no affirmed evaluation of losses since the area was very dark.

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Teams of the National Disaster Response Force rushed to the spot for rescue operations. The Coast Guard also launched a helicopter at 8.30 am to search for people swept away from the bridge.

The new bridge was shut for operations promptly after the old bridge collapsed to check its basic stability for security. One-way traffic had resumed on the new bridge by 9 am on Wednesday.

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