Mumbai: Indian Navy’s all weather aircraft Sea King 42C and Chetak helicopter have been deployed at the site of the bridge collapse in Raigad (Maharashtra) for search operation. Sheetal Ugale, Raigad district collector said, “2 bodies have been recovered so far.”
National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) personnel have also been rushed to the spot for search and rescue operations.
Twenty people are missing and two have been killed after the bridge on the Savitri River collapsed due to torrential rains in the Konkan region.
Two state transport buses went missing as the bridge collapsed. The bridge links Mahad and Poladpur on the Mumbai-Goa Highway in Raigad district.
The bridge is said to be more than seven decades old and is a critical link to the Mumbai-Goa national highway. It crashed around 1am due to the flood waters rushing in the river.
Locals said that around five to six private vehicles were also missing and they were feared to have been washed away by the flood waters.