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On a Friday evening, a steel footbridge attached to an old bridge on Zuari River at sanvordem collapsed and became a cause of the 10 peoples feared dead. The accident place is 60km away from Panjim and near the Margao.
Unfortunately, one dead body was founded by the fire brigade personnel but fortunately, they were able to rescue 6 people. According to the police- footbridge collapsed around the 6:30 pm when the fire personnel was recovering a dead body of Santosh Vandar, who committed suicide. The dead body was found floating in the River.
The whole incident happens because of the onlooker’s crowd who gathered at the bridge to watch the operation when the structure gave way and sending the huge number of peoples. According to the eyewitness- people who get into the River for saving the drowning people also swept away by the strong current. But the police was able to identify only one body as Basavraj Malnavar around 30, and a truck driver from Sanguem, who was recovered on 5/18/2017. The rescued people rushed to hospital for the quick treatment and surely learnt a lesson to stay out of the danger.
Rescue operations were carried out by the Navy and the Coast Guard was under way until the last reports came in. CM Manohar Parrikar was monitoring the whole situation and reported to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi about this unfortunate accident in brief. Parrikar said- I have reported both the Prime Minister and the Home Minister. Furthermore, he reported that he had spoken to the Navy also Rajnath Singh, the Union Home Minister him whether the national disaster management authority team needed to be deputed to Goa or not. On that statement he explained- I already informed him that it was a misfortune and tragic accident and doesn’t team doesn’t need to be deputed here. Porrikar also gave a sorrowful report that the number of missing person cannot be predicted yet.