Gujarat bridge collapse: PM speaks with CM, calls for urgent mobilisation of rescue teams

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the families of each of those who died in a bridge collapse in Gujarat’s Morbi city.

Modi also spoke with Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and other officials regarding the incident. He sought urgent mobilisation of teams for rescue operations, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

At least 32 people died after a suspension bridge, nearly a century old, on the Machchhu river in Morbi collapsed this evening. Several people standing on the bridge fell into the river, local officials said.