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PM Modi chaired high-level meeting to review Morbi tragedy

Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired a high level meeting to review the situation in Morbi at Raj Bhavan, here today and emphasised on ensuring that the affected get all possible assistance.

He was briefed on the rescue and relief operations following the unfortunate mishap in Gujarat’s Morbi, where a hanging bridge collapsed on Sunday evening, killing over 130 people, including many children.

The high level meeting was attended by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Bhai Patel, MoS Home Harsh Sanghavi, the Chief Secretary and DGP of Gujarat, along with other top officials from the Home Department of the State and Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority.

It is claimed that there were around 500 people on the “hanging bridge” when the cable broke on Sunday evening, causing hundreds to fall into the Machhu river. According to officials, the bridge can only carry the weight of 125 people.

The Gujarat government has announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased, while PM Narendra Modi dedicated a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the family of those killed in the mishap.

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