PANAJI (India), May 19 — One person died and several others were feared missing after a bridge collapsed in the popular Indian tourist state of Goa, police and reports said late last night.
Dozens of people had gathered on the bridge to watch emergency services attempt to rescue a man who had jumped into the Sanvordem river in Curchorem in Goa’s south when it collapsed under the weight.
“A lot of people came to witness the developments from the bridge and the structure collapsed. We managed to save nearly 20 to 25 people and have recovered one body so far,” Goa police sub-inspector Ravindranath Pednekar told AFP.
Some who fell had managed to swim to safety but Pednekar said he was unable to confirm local media reports that up to 30 people were still missing, adding that “search operations are ongoing”.
Indian media reported that the accident occurred around 6.30pm and that the bridge was built during Goa’s time as a Portuguese colony, which ended in 1961.
Several people died in the neighbouring state of Maharashtra in August last year when a British-era bridge collapsed, washing away a handful of vehicles. — AFP