- At least sixty people have died following the bridge collapse in western India
- Video footage shows the collapse which left people clinging on for safety
- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi 'deeply saddened' by the tragedy
A major rescue operation is underway after a cable bridge collapse in the Morbi area of Gujarat, Western india has left at least forty people dead on Sunday evening. Video footage has emerged of the collapse of the bridge, which was carrying hundreds of people. leaving many on the bridge clinging on desperately for safety. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: 'I am deeply saddened by the tragedy at Morbi. Talked to Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and other officials about this.
Relief and rescue operations are going on in full swing and all necessary assistance is being provided to the affected.'
Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel tweeted: 'I express my condolences to the families of the citizens who lost their lives in the tragedy of Morbi.
'The state government will provide Rs 4 lakh to the family of each deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured.'
The news of the accident due to the breakdown of the cable bridge on the Machhu river in Morbi, Gujarat is very sad.
'Taking quick cognizance of the incident, the Gujarat government and administration have given necessary guidelines for relief and rescue. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.'
Minister of State Brijesh Merja tweeted: 'Due to the accident on the suspension bridge, all the private hospitals along with the civil hospital have been ordered to provide immediate treatment.
'Apart from this, orders have been given to take the injured people out of the water and take them to a private hospital in an ambulance, free of charge. Also, private hospitals have been asked to keep as many doctors as possible on duty.'