Police in western India arrested nine people on Monday as they investigate the collapse of a newly repaired 143-year-old suspension bridge in one of the country's worst accidents in years. The collapse Sunday evening in Gujarat state plunged hundreds of people into a river, killing at least 134. As families mourned the dead, attention turned to why the pedestrian bridge, built during British colonialism in the late 1800s and touted by the state's tourism website as an "artistic and technological marvel," collapsed and who might be responsible. The bridge had reopened just four days earlier. It was reopened nearly seven months later, on Oct. 26, the first day of the Gujarati New Year, which coincides with the Hindu festival season, and the attraction drew hundreds of sightseers. Authorities said the structure collapsed under the weight of hundreds of people. A security video of the disaster showed it shaking violently and people trying to hold on to its cables and metal fencing before the aluminum walkway gave way and crashed into the river. The bridge split in the middle with its walkway hanging down, its cables snapped. Police said at least 134 people were confirmed dead and many others were admitted to hospitals in critical condition. Emergency responders and rescuers worked overnight and throughout Monday to search for survivors. State minister Harsh Sanghvi said most of the victims were teenagers, women and older people. At least 177 survivors were pulled from the river.
Disaster relief providing shelter food and water to families of this flood. Millions of people across India and Bangladesh have been affected by raging floods and landslides that left more than 100 people dead and entire communities devastated. The South Asian nations, home to more than 1.3 billion people, have been particularly badly hit by the rains, prompting some of the worst flooding in the region in years. In India, at least 48 people have died since June 14, after heavy rains battered the northeastern state of Assam, according to its disaster management authority, triggering landslides and causing riverbanks to swell. More than 5.5 million people have been affected in the state alone. In the nearby state of Meghalaya, at least 25 people have died since June 9, with 11 still missing and 22 more injured.
Disaster relief, providing shelter, food, and water. Heavy floods and landslides triggered by pre-monsoon rains in India's northeastern state of Assam have killed at least 10 people and affected more than 700,000. One of the world's largest rivers, the Brahmaputra, which flows into India and neighboring Bangladesh from Tibet, burst its banks in Assam over the past three days, inundating more than 1,900 villages. The flood situation is turning critical by the hour," Assam's water resources minister, Pijush Hazarika, told Reuters, adding that seven people had drowned in separate incidents during the past three days.
Disaster relief providing shelter, food and water. Support Victims India's Torrential Rain In Kerala State Torrential rain has battered the coastal state of Kerala since Friday, causing rivers to swell and flooding roads that left vehicles submerged in muddy waters, with some houses reduced to rubble. Thirteen people were killed in a landslide in the Kottayam district, according to state officials. Nine bodies have also been recovered from the site of another landslide in the district of Idduki, officials said, adding that two people are still unaccounted for. Three fishermen in the Malappuram district also remain missing. It's not just the flooding or landslides that have been the cause of death, two people died because they were trapped under a vehicle and two children died due to a wall collapsing. According to Nepal's Home Ministry, 77 people died this week from floods and landslides, after heavy rainfall that began on Monday. Some 22 people were injured, and 26 are missing.
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