‘I survived but my sister is still missing’

At least 141 people were killed when a bridge in Gujarat, a state in western India, fell on Sunday night.

According to officials, women, children, and elderly persons perished in the tragedy.

People who were on the site of the disaster spoke to the BBC about their feelings.

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When he told BBC Gujarati that he couldn’t find his sister, a young man who was present on the bridge with her when it fell was inconsolable.

“We were standing on the bridge. There were hundreds of people. “I climbed this bridge for the first time. My sister and I were taking photos on our mobile and suddenly, the bridge collapsed. “My sister and I fell in the water. I survived but my sister is still missing.”

Weeping, he continued, “I’ve been hunting for her since Sunday night.”

“I went to the government hospital, and searched everywhere, but my sister is nowhere to be found.”

’50-60 people were hanging from the broken bridge’

Rameshbhai Jilaria, a local who rushed to the spot after the tragedy occurred, told BBC Gujarati he helped pull bodies out of the water. “When we heard the news, we immediately took a rope and rushed to the spot. When I reached there, 50 to 60 people were hanging on to the broken suspension bridge,” he says. Mr Jilaria says he and others pulled out around 15 bodies from the river with the help of the rope. “Three of the bodies were of young children.”

‘There was a loud sound of the bridge breaking’

“My friends and I were sitting [near the bridge] after work,” Subhashbhai, a witness to the tragedy, told BBC Gujarati. “There was a loud sound of the bridge breaking. We rushed to the spot and started rescuing people. “Some people were swimming but others were drowning. “We started pulling out the small children first. Then with the help of a pipe, we tried to rescue the adults. “We pulled eight-nine people out of the water and recovered two bodies,” he says.

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