| 23 June 2024, Sunday |

India suspension bridge collapses for a second time

A suspension bridge under construction in India’s poorest state fell for the second time in 14 months on Monday, according to Reuters partner ANI.

The bridge was being constructed across the Ganges in the Bhagalpur district of India’s eastern state of Bihar.

Construction was supposed to be finished in 2019, but there were several delays, including those caused by a previous collapse on April 30 last year owing to high winds and rain.

“There was a massive stir over here, it felt like there was a blast. Later we found out the bridge had collapsed,” Rakesh Kumar, a local resident, told ANI.

Eight men were on the bridge at the time of its collapse on Sunday, with one guard reported missing, ANI said.

ANI footage showed a section of the bridge partially submerged in water, with only some pillars and cables connected jutting out to indicate where that portion of the structure once stood.

“We have conducted an investigation and I have reported the findings to the head of the district administration,” Deputy Head of District Administration Amit Raj told ANI.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking to reporters on Monday, also promised “strict action”.

“It is not being constructed correctly that is why it is collapsing. It should have been made stronger,” he said.

In October last year, a colonial-era suspension bridge collapsed in the town of Morbi in the western state of Gujarat collapsed, plunging hundreds into the Machchhu river below and killing 135.

It had reopened just days earlier following months of repairs.

  • Reuters