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  • Rescue team makes opening in check dam
  • Navy, SDRF and others carrying out search and rescue
  • Over 140 people died in collapse

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The death toll in the mishap has crossed 140 with rescue personnel recovering more bodies from the Machchhu river, a police official said.

Authorities in Gujarat have created an opening in a dam on the Machchu to search for missing people in the aftermath of bridge collapse in Morbi.

According to a report by Indian Express quoting officials, the water level of the river, which was at 20-25 feet, has decreased by 5-6 feet, revealing large clumps of water hyacinths after the opening was created.

Meanwhile, the Navy and other teams are still continuing the underwater search operation.

The death toll in the mishap has crossed 140 with rescue personnel recovering more bodies from the Machchhu river, a police official said.

The over a century-old bridge, which had reopened five days ago after extensive repairs and renovation, was crammed with people when it collapsed around 6.30 pm on Sunday.

Eyewitnesses said there were several women and children on the British era “hanging bridge” when it snapped, plunging them into the water below.

Some people were seen jumping on the bridge and pulling its big wires, an eyewitness said, adding the bridge may have collapsed due to the “huge crowd” on it.

After the collapse, all that remained of the bridge was part of the metal carriageway hanging down from one end into the dark water, its thick cables snapped in places.

At the local hospital people formed a human chain to hold back crowds and keep the road clear for ambulances which brought those rescued.

(With inputs from PTI)

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