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India in shock as bridge disaster toll rises to 141

Event 11:05 31 Oct, 2022
India in shock as bridge disaster toll rises to 141

The BBC's Roxy Gadekar, who is at the scene, reports that rescue teams are still trying to recover bodies from the river. Most of the bodies being recovered are of women and children, Qazet.az reports. Prasanna Kumar, the commander of the National Disaster Response Force, told the BBC that they would continue the operation until everyone has been accounted for. "It was difficult at night since the water is stagnant and there is sewage in the river. The visibility was low, so it was difficult to spot bodies," he said. With daybreak, rescue teams were able to look under the wreckage of the broken bridge and found more bodies. "We will search the whole river and leave no room for doubt," he said."Search will continue and we will not rest." Meanwhile, a few stretchers lie on the bank of the river as bodies are pulled by rescue teams from the murky water and brought to shore. Parts of a small dam, which is around 500m downstream from the wreckage of the bridge, have been broken to reduce the water level in the river to help rescuers.

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