Gujarat, October 31: Gujarat government on Monday announced
that a high-powered committee has been set up to investigate the incident of
the collapse of the suspension bridge in Morbi district of Gujarat in which the
death toll has risen to 132.
Briefing mediapersons here, Gujarat Home Minister Harsh
Sanghavi said, "The death toll in the Morbi hanging bridge collapse
incident has gone up to 132. The Chief Minister has constituted a high power
committee yesterday itself while leaving Ahmedabad. All officers, posted at
different locations, were asked to report at Morbi by 2 am. The investigation
is going on."
The Gujarat Home Minister further informed that a criminal case
has been registered in connection with the incident.
"An investigation has begun today under the leadership
of Range IGP," Sanghavi said. Everyone worked all through the night. The
Navy, NDRF (National Disaster Relief Force), Air Force and Army arrived at the
spot quickly. More than 200 persons have worked the entire night for search and
rescue operations," Sanghavi said.
Teams including Army, Navy, Air Force, NDRF and Fire Brigade
conducted a search operation throughout the night to find the victims who fell
into the Macchu river after the bridge collapsed, as per officials.
Indian Army teams deployed in Morbi, Gujarat carried out
search and rescue operations for survivors of the mishap. All three defence
services have deployed their teams for search operations. Three Indian Coast
Guard teams consisting of divers, equipment, boats and other material have been
deployed on-site at Morbi since last night, said Defence Ministry officials.
After the incident, Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patel,
Minister of State for Home Affairs Harshbhai Sanghvi, Minister Brijeshbhai
Merja, and Minister of State Shri Arvindbhai Raiyani reached the incident spot
at midnight and personally observed the rescue operation and gave directions.
According to the details from the district administration,
after the mishap, the system was immediately activated and rescue operations
started with the help of locals.
at the spot. Around 40 doctors from various health centres, Rajkot PDU Hospital
and Surendranagar Civil Hospital started emergency treatment of the injured at
the Morbi Civil Hospital.
After the collapse of the bridge, the Rajkot Municipal
Corporation boat and rescue materials including life jackets reached Morbi and
started the rescue operation.
Emergency ambulances from Rajkot, Jamnagar, Junagadh
Metropolitan Municipality and Morbi Municipality were running throughout the
night to bring the injured to the hospital immediately. Several private
ambulances were also involved in the rescue operation. Army team from
Surendranagar joined with its three ambulances and equipment, informed the
-PTC News with ANI inputs