An overcrowded footbridge collapsed right into a rocky river in Indian-controlled Kashmir whereas thronged with greater than 100 folks celebrating a competition, killing a 10-year-old woman and injuring not less than 70 folks, authorities stated Friday.
Police and aid groups rushed to the low steel bridge, which couldn’t stand up to the burden of the revelers celebrating the spring harvest season, stated Joginder Singh, a civil administrator in Udhampur district. The slim bridge’s most capability was round three dozen, he stated.
The woman died after being taken to a hospital, and not less than seven folks have been in essential situation, Singh stated.
The bridge’s purple railings and inexperienced deck lay twisted throughout the riverbed following the collapse, as onlookers stood on the banks or waded into the water. A white-domed Hindu temple sat close by beside the river, flanked by forested hills.
On the hospital, a younger girl grimaced in ache as she was carried by two civilians who gave the impression to be serving to with the rescue efforts.
Shoddy building and over-loading are sometimes responsible for bridge and constructing collapses in India.
In October, not less than 132 folks died when a century-old suspension bridge collapsed into a river within the western state of Gujarat, sending lots of plunging into the water. It was one of many the nation’s worst accidents previously decade.
Kashmir sits excessive within the rugged Himalayan mountain vary, and India and Pakistan every declare the divided territory in its entirety.