Mumbai: Two state-run buses carrying at least 22 passengers plunged into a swollen river after the colonial era Mumbai-Goa bridge washed off in the heavy downpour in the hilly Konkan region of Maharashtra in the early hours of Wednesday.
Apart from these two Mumbai-bound ST buses, around nine private vehicles are also feared to have drowned in the river after the bridge, which was constructed in 1928, was buffeted by the heavy rains.
Despite marathon search and rescue operation carried out jointly by NDRF, Defence, Coast Guard as well as local administration neither survivor nor vehicle was traced till Wednesday evening. The Indian Navy also swung into action. A diving team and Sea King 42C were launched by the Navy at about 10:30 am.
A defence spokesperson CDR, Rahul Sharma said, “At about 0645 hrs on 03 August 2016, telephonic information was received at Coast Guard Station Murud from Collector Srivardhan informing the collapse of bridge over Savitri River on Mumbai – Goa highway. As per information received, two State Road ways buses had fallen into the river carrying a number of passengers as the bridge collapsed in the night.” “The diving team has been positioned there and is assisting the NDRF by undertaking search in the area. A Sea King 42B helicopter on another mission was diverted to the area for search. The search was again taken in the afternoon by a Sea King 42C and a Coast Guard Chetak helicopters,” Sinha said.