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Mahad bridge collapse: 3 bodies found as rescue efforts resume

Mahad bridge collapse: 3 bodies found as rescue efforts resume

Mumbai: Three bodies were recovered on Thursday morning as search and rescue operations resumed at the Savitri river, more than 36 hours after a bridge collapsed in Maharashtra’s Raigad district.

Navy divers have resumed operations this morning, a Defence spokesperson said, adding, Chetak helicopter of Coast Guard also began sortie of the affected area today.

A crane lowered a 300 kgs magnet into the river this morning, with the hope of tracing missing vehicles.

Something has got stuck to the magnet and efforts are on to pull it out of the river, a local official said.

Two state-run buses carrying 22 people went missing in the incident that took place late Tuesday near Mahad, 170 kms from Mumbai.

Besides the two buses, several other vehicles were also believed to have fallen into the swollen river.

28 Marine Commandos, over 100 jawans from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 25 personnel from the Coast Guard were pressed into search and rescue operation yesterday.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis accompanied by PWD Minister Chnadrakant Patil and opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil of Congress, yesterday conducted an aerial survey of the area.

According to district officials, one of the buses was proceeding to Mumbai from Jaigad in Raigad, and the other was on its way to Borivali (Mumbai) from Rajapur.

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