Updated Oct 30, 2022 - World

Bridge collapse in India leaves at least 134 dead

 view of the site after a suspension bridge collapses in India's Gujarat state

View of the site after a suspension bridge collapses in India's Gujarat state on Oct. 30. Photo: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A suspension bridge collapse in India's western state of Gujarat on Sunday has left at least 134 people dead, officials said.

Driving the news: The incident occurred just days after the 19th century bridge in the town of Morbi was reopened to the public after months of renovations.

  • Officials said the bridge collapsed because it couldn't support the weight of the number of people on it at the time, according to AP

The big picture: It wasn't immediately clear how many people were on the bridge when it gave way.

  • Police said 134 deaths had been confirmed and other people were still missing as of Monday morning local time, the Times of India reports.
  • At least 170 people had been rescued the District Collector & District Magistrate Morbi tweeted Sunday.
  • State minister Brijesh Merja told media that 27 people had been hospitalized with injuries, according to AP.

What they're saying: "I am deeply saddened by the tragedy at Morbi," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Sunday.

  • "Relief and rescue operations are going on in full swing and all necessary assistance is being provided to the affected," added Modi, whose home state is Gujarat.
  • Modi's office announced monetary compensation for the families of the dead as well as the injured.

President Biden on Monday put out a statement saying that "Today, our hearts are with India."

  • "Jill and I send our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones during the bridge collapse, and join the people of Gujarat in mourning the loss of too many lives cut short."
  • "The United States and India are indispensable partners, with deep bonds between our citizens. In this difficult hour, we will continue to stand with and support the Indian people."

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details throughout.

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