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Bridge collapses in India, death toll hits 141

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Not less that 141 people have reportedly died following the collapse of a suspension bridge in western India.

Local media reported that the incident occurred on Sunday evening in Morbi in the western Indian state of Gujarat.

It said 141 people died and 177 people were rescued when the bridge, which had recently reopened after renovation work, collapsed.

A police official said 132 people died, 100 were injured, and some are still missing.

The report added that at the time of the collapse, up to 500 people were on the 232-metre-long suspension bridge.

Pictures and videos on social media showed the pedestrian bridge breaking apart in the middle and several people clinging to it to avoid falling into the water.

The accident scene

An investigation into the accident had been launched, Gujarat Labor Minister Brijesh Merja said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office said on Twitter that compensation would be paid to the victims’ families.

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