National Disaster Response Force police and military personnel on Monday work at the site where a 100-year-old suspension bridge collapsed in Morbi, Gujarat, India, a day prior. Photo by Siddharaj Solanki/EPA-EFE

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India: Bridge collapse death toll climbs to 134

By Darryl Coote

National Disaster Response Force police and military personnel on Monday work at the site where a 100-year-old suspension bridge collapsed in Morbi, Gujarat, India, a day prior. Photo by Siddharaj Solanki/EPA-EFE

National Disaster Response Force police and military personnel on Monday work at the site where a 100-year-old suspension bridge collapsed in Morbi, Gujarat, India, a day prior. Photo by Siddharaj Solanki/EPA-EFE

Oct. 31 (UPI) — The death toll from the collapse of a suspension bridge in India’s western coastal state of Gujarat rose to 134 on Monday, as officials said they have launched a criminal investigation into the incident.

The British-colonial-era bridge, which suspends over the Machchhu River, in the town of Morbi, collapsed Sunday evening, just days after it had reopened to the public following seven months of repairs.


Hundreds of people fell from the bridge into the river below when it collapsed, sparking a mass rescue operation that worked over night and continued into Monday. At least 170 people had been rescued.

Officials announced the death toll early Monday, stating that rescue operations were still underway, the Press Trust of India reported.

The state government said five teams from the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in the search effort along with the state disaster response force, fire brigade, army and other law enforcement agencies.

However, Mohsen Shahidi of the NDRF said the search operation “will end soon.”

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