Amit Shah says NDRF en route
New Delhi, October 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on
Sunday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of each of those
who lost their lives after a cable bridge collapsed in Gujarat's Morbi with
several feared dead.
The injured persons would be given an amount of Rs 50,000, as per the Prime
Minister's Office. "PM @narendramodi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2
lakh from PMNRF for the next of kin of each of those who lost their lives in
the mishap in Morbi. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000," PMO tweeted.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah while expressing his grief on the incident, said
the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will reach the spot soon.
"I am deeply saddened by the accident in Morbi. I have spoken to Harsh
Sanghavi, Minister of State for Home and other officials of Gujarat in this
matter. Local administration is engaged in providing relief work with full
readiness, NDRF is also reaching the spot soon. The administration has been
directed to provide immediate treatment to the injured," Shah tweeted in
Union Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya prayed for the recovery of the injured ones
in the accident.
"Saddened to hear the news of cable bridge collapse in Morbi, Gujarat. I
wish speedy recovery to those injured in the accident. The state government is
engaged in relief and rescue work. I pray to God for everyone's
well-being," Mandaviya tweeted.
Following the incident, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, who accompanied
PM Modi during his visit to the state, said that he will curtail his programme
with the Prime Minister and that the SDRF will reach the spot soon for the
"Following the tragedy of Morbi, I am reaching Gandhinagar after
shortening further programs with the Hon'ble Prime Minister. The Minister of
State for Home Affairs has been asked to reach the spot and guide the rescue
operations. Troops including SDRF have been mobilized for rescue
operations," Patel tweeted.
Earlier, PM Modi spoke to Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel after a cable
bridge collapsed on the Machchhu river in the state's Morbi on Sunday and
sought "urgent mobilisation" of teams for the rescue operations.
The incident took place on Sunday evening, in which several people are feared
injured. Following the incident, ambulances reached the spot.
The Prime Minister's Office said that PM Modi has asked for close monitoring of
the situation and delivery of all possible help to the affected persons.
"PM @narendramodi spoke to Gujarat CM @Bhupendrapbjp and other officials
regarding the mishap in Morbi. He has sought urgent mobilisation of teams for
rescue ops. He has asked that the situation be closely and continuously
monitored, and extend all possible help to those affected," the PMO
Earlier, Chief Minister Bhupender Patel said instructions have been given to
the officials to arrange immediate treatment for the injured.
"I express my condolences to the families of the citizens who lost their
lives in the tragedy. The state government will provide Rs 4 lakhs to the
family of each deceased & Rs 50,000 to the injured," tweets CM
"I am deeply saddened by the tragedy of suspension bridge collapse in
Morbi. Relief and rescue operations are ongoing by the system. The system has
been instructed to arrange immediate treatment for the injured. I am in
constant contact with the district administration in this regard," the
Chief Minister said.