MUMBAI: Over 20 people are reported missing after a British-era bridge collapsed on the Mumbai-Goa highway in Maharashtra late last night because of heavy rain. Two buses and several vehicles plunged into the river near Raigad district, 84 km from Mumba
"There were 2 parallel bridges, one is new and one constructed during British era. The old one got collapsed," he said.
Sources claim the primary reason for the collapse would seem to be the high pressure caused due to flooding of the river Savitri as a result of the heavy rains in the catchment of Mahabaleshwar.
Two state transport buses with 11 passengers each were missing and there was no contact with either their drivers or the passengers, Raigad Collector Sheetal Ugale said. Since the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation buses -- which started from Mumbai -- did not arrive at their scheduled Mahad depot, Ugale appealed people to get in touch with the concerned authorities about their missing relatives. Locals said that around five to six private vehicles were also missing and they were feared to be washed away in the floods. A search operation have been initiated, Ugale said.
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According to ANI, NDRF sent 1 team comprising of 50 men, for relief operations.
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