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Deadly Collapsed Bridge in India Had Recently Reopened After Repairs
(CNN) – The death toll has risen to 134 after a suspension bridge collapsed in India’s western state of Gujarat on Sunday, as authorities revealed the structure had only recently reopened following repairs.Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi said Monday some 200 people are estimated to have been on the bridge in the town of Morbi when it collapsed into the river below on Sunday evening. A cable at one end appears to have snapped, he added.The state of Gujarat has lodged a criminal complaint against the agency that was handling the maintenance of the 750-foot-long bridge, which was built in the 19th century and reopened last week after renovations, he said.Photos from the scene Monday showed people gathering on the bank of the river Machchhu beside the mangled metal walkway, which hung at a sharp angle into the water, where rescue workers in inflatable dinghies searched for survivors.A five-person special investigation committee has been established to investigate the incident, Sanghavi said, amid an ongoing search and rescue operation by hundreds of personnel from state and national disaster relief teams and the Indian military.Speaking at a news conference in the early hours of Monday, Sanghavi did not say how many people are missing, but social media video showed dozens in the water following the collapse of the bridge.TV footage showed people holding the cables and remains of the bridge as emergency teams tried to reach them, Reuters reported.
At Least 59 Killed, 150+ Injured at Seoul Halloween Festival Incident
(CNN) – At least 59 people were killed during an incident at Halloween festivities in Seoul's Itaewon neighborhood Saturday night, according to the Yongsan Fire Department chief.At least 150 others were also injured, the chief added.The cause of the deaths was not immediately provided but the chief said many people fell amid the Halloween festivities, resulting in casualties.Yonhap News Agency earlier reported that people suffered from “cardiac arrest,” attributing fire authorities. Emergency officials received at least 81 people in Seoul's Itaewon neighborhood reporting “difficulty breathing.”Authorities have yet to provide exact details on the cause of the incident.Police closed off the area and social media videos showed people lying in the streets and on stretchers as first responders rendered aid.The fire chief said that a total of 848 emergency response forces have been dispatched, including 364 firefighters and 400 police officials.South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol sent a disaster medical assistance team to the Halloween incident, according to the presidential office.The president also ordered authorities to secure emergency beds in hospitals nearby and to implement swift rescue operations and treatment, presidential spokesman Lee Jae-Myung said in a briefing.Yoon was in an emergency meeting regarding the situation, the office said in a statement.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2022 Cable News Network, Inc., a Warner Bros.