Death toll in India bridge collapse rises to 141

Rescue operation underway in western Gujarat state, say officials.

Death toll in India bridge collapse rises to 141

The death toll from the collapse of a suspension bridge in India’s western Gujarat state has risen to 141, according to an official.

Devendrasinh Jadeja, a senior fire department official in Morbi district, told Anadolu Agency the rescue operation continued overnight and the death toll has reached 141 as of Monday morning.

“The rescue operation is still going on,” he said.

Officials said the incident occurred on Sunday evening in the Morbi district when a British-era bridge collapsed just a week after renovation.

Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi said early Monday that so far 132 people have died in the incident. At a press briefing, he said that a high-level team of officials is investigating the incident.

Local broadcaster NDTV said Sunday evening that there were around 500 people on the bridge when it collapsed. Those killed included 47 children, it reported.

The local administration in a statement said that "relief operations have been accelerated by the state government" and that the Indian military is also taking part in the rescue operation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday that he has also spoken to the chief minister of Gujarat about the incident.

"He has sought urgent mobilization of teams for rescue ops. He has asked that the situation be closely and continuously monitored, and extend all possible help to those affected," Modi's office said on Twitter.

Türkiye on Monday conveyed its condolences to India over the deadly incident.

"We are deeply saddened to learn that many people lost their lives and were wounded due to the collapse of a bridge in the Gujarat state of India yesterday (Oct. 30),” said a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

The ministry extended "heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of India and to the families of those who lost their lives," and also wished a "speedy recovery to the injured."