Joe Biden has expressed his grief over the accident in Gujarat’s Morbi district.
The bridge collapsed on Sunday evening, causing hundreds of people to fall into the river.
So far, 134 people have died in this accident.
Washington. US President Joe Biden on Monday expressed deep condolences to the families of those who lost their lives when a bridge collapsed in the Gujarat town of Morbi. The more than a century old bridge was reopened to the public five days ago after extensive repairs and renovations. However, on Sunday evening, the bridge collapsed due to a large number of people on the bridge and so far more than 130 people have died in the accident. Biden said in a statement, “Today our hearts are with India.” Jill and I stand with the people of Gujarat in their grief and express our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the bridge collapse.
“The United States and India are indispensable partners, deep bonds between our citizens,” he said. We will be with the Indians in this difficult time and will continue to support them. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of each of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each for the injured. The Gujarat government has announced compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to close relatives of the dead and Rs 50,000 each to the injured.
The government of Gujarat announced a statewide mourning on November 2 to pay tribute to the victims of the Morbi bridge accident. This decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take stock of the situation after the tragedy. On Sunday evening, 134 people were killed when the cable bridge over the Machhu River collapsed. Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel tweeted: “The Government of Gujarat has decided to observe statewide mourning on November 2. The (national) flag will remain at half mast in the state and it will not there will be no official ceremony.
FIRST POST: 01 November 2022, 01:48 HST