A British-era bridge in Gujarat’s Morbi, India, collapsed last evening, killing at least 141 people. Approximately 177 people have been rescued, and teams are still looking for several others who are still missing.
Eyewitnesses say there were 500 people, including several women and children on the nearly 150-year-old-bridge when cables supporting it snapped. The collapse of the bridge is caught on video, showing scores of people tumbling into the river below.
Many were on the bridge to perform a religious ritual known as puja. The bridge over Machchhu river had been shut for seven months for repairs and was only reopened to the public on October 26 for the Gujarati New Year, without a fitness certificate from the civic authorities in India.