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Gujarat forms high-power probe committee to investigate Morbi bridge collapse

By Shefali Kohli -- October 31st 2022 09:47 AM -- Updated: October 31st 2022 10:01 AM
Gujarat forms high-power probe committee to investigate Morbi bridge collapse

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."

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 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.

 Besides this, teams from other places also started arriving

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.

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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

officials.

 

-PTC News with ANI inputs 

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