Joe Biden expressed grief over the accident in Morbi district of Gujarat.
The bridge collapsed on Sunday evening, due to which hundreds of people fell 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 Gujarat’s Morbi city. The more than a century old bridge was reopened to the public five days ago after extensive repairs and renovations. However, on Sunday evening, due to the large number of people on the bridge, the bridge collapsed 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 are with the people of Gujarat in their grief and express our deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones as the bridge collapsed.
“The US and India are indispensable partners, the deep ties between our citizens,” he said. We will stand with Indians in this difficult time and 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 a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 each to the injured.
The Gujarat government has announced a state-wide mourning on November 2 to pay tribute to the victims of the Morbi bridge accident. This decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the situation after the tragedy. On Sunday evening, 134 people were killed when the cable bridge over the Machhu river collapsed. Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel tweeted, “Gujarat government has decided to observe statewide mourning on 2nd November. The (national) flag will remain half-masted in the state and there will be no official function.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 01, 2022, 01:48 IST