At least nine people died and three others were injured today as a result of a bridge collapse in the Kinnaur district of northern India’s Himachal Pradesh state.
According to the first information, the victims were traveling in a tourist vehicle when when crossing an iron bridge a landslide occurred causing several rocks to fall on them and the subsequent collapse of the structure, reported the Asian News International agency, cited by DPA.
The incident took place near Batseri, on the road that connects the towns of Sangla and Chitkul, one of the regions with the largest tourist attractions in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
Witness images show rocks falling at high speed from the side of a mountain hitting the bridge.
Rescue work has already started, with the presence of Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
“The administration began to deploy the aid; those affected were taken care of immediately,” said the state prime minister, Jairam Thakur.
Who also spoke out in this regard was the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, who expressed his condolences for what happened at the same time that he announced compensation of two million rupees (22,800 euros) for the families of the victims and 500,000 (5,700 euros) rupees for the wounded.
The accident comes a day after the general director of the Himachal Pradesh Police, Sanjay Kundu, asked the population through Twitter to avoid “venturing too close” to large water reserves, after a week in which major floods were recorded due to the monsoon.