Bridge Collapse Kills 20 In India

Some 20 people are feared dead, after their vehicles were swept into a river, following a bridge collapse, in India.

Emergency workers are searching for some 20 people feared dead after two buses plunged into a river when a road bridge gave way after torrential rain.

Two bodies were found in the River Savitri, but rescuers fear the others were swept downstream.

The bridge south of Mumbai links the city with Goa, a state popular with tourists.

More than 100 rescuers and divers have been searching for survivors but heavy rains have hindered their efforts. No vehicles or survivors were spotted.

Disaster management chief O P Singh told AFP: “The flow of currents is very strong, making it difficult to launch a full-scale search operation. We are looking for vehicles and bodies over a stretch of eight kilometres (5 miles).”

Rakesh Ranjan of the National Disaster Response Force said there was no sign of the buses within a kilometre of the bridge and they may have been swept further by the current.

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