Bridge Collapse on Mumbai-Goa Highway; 22 missing


Late on Tuesday night a British-era bridge crossways the Savitri River on the Mumbai-Goa highway misshapen, bringing traffic to a stop on the stretch. Around 22 people are supposed to be missing. According to the local deputy superintendent, Pranjali Sonawane, about 80 per cent of the bridge had collapsed. Two Mumbai bound buses are amongst the dozen or so vehicles that are supposed to have plunged into the flooded river. Representatives of the district management and police have hurried to the spot. Three squads of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), encompassing of concerning 80 personnel counting divers, have been pushed into rescue process. Heavy rain in the area is sluggishing the rescue operations downward. No survivors or vehicles have been established. The Savitri River is currently seeing a puff up in its water level.

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Traffic on the busy highway, which had been brought to a standstill, has been abstracted to a new bridge nearby. The bridge was regarding 5 km from the town of Mahad in Maharashtra's Raigad District, concerning 170 km south of Mumbai. On Tuesday it distorted around 11:30 pm. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis was knowledgeable regarding the circumstances around 2 am. Main reason seems to be high pressure caused due to flooding of river Savitri due to heavy rains in Mahabaleshwar. The workers accessed the state of the new bridge and determined that it was safe to open to the public. There is no confirmed appraisal about the number of casualties since the area is very dark. Relief processes are ongoing at a substantial pace as the first few hours after the accident is vital in order to rescue survivors. 

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