Mahad Bridge Collapse: Toll Touches 24


Mumbai: Four days after the bridge collapse, the Navy Marine Commandos have located and retrieved a part of state transport bus that was washed away.

Two more bodies were recovered today during the search operation in Savitri river where two state-run buses and some private vehicles were swept away after a British-era bridge collapsed in Mahad, taking the toll in the tragedy to 24.

“Two more bodies, both males, were found at different locations in the river and the toll has now gone up to 24. Of these, one was found near Mhapral bridge and the other in Amber creek,” a Raigad district official said. A fresh search operation involving multiple agencies and local divers was launched this morning, he said.

The tragedy occurred on Tuesday night at Mahad when two state-run buses and some private vehicles fell into the swollen river following collapse of the nearly-century-old bridge on the Mumbai-Goa Highway.

Of the 22 identified victims, 10 were in Rajapur-Borivili bus while seven were travelling in Jaigad-Mumbai bus, both belonging to Maharashtra State Transport Corporation.

Twenty boats and nearly 160 personnel from Coast Guard, NDRF and Navy were deployed in the search operation.The district administration was also taking help of local fishermen.