More than 22 people go missing after a bridge on the Mumbai-Goa highway was washed off by overflowing Savitri River in the wee hours ofTuesday.
According to reports so far two government bushes and at least three other vehicles have been washed away in the flooded river after a British-era bridge collided.
“Eighty percent of the bridge has collapsed,” said a deputy superintendent of Mahwad, Pranjali Sonawane.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is being kept updated with the incident and rescue operation.
Two teams of National Disaster Response Force has been engaged in the rescue operation. The teams engaged in the rescue mission are facing difficulties due to continuous heavy showers and uneven flow of the river.
Rescue mission is also getting delayed as the teams engaged in the rescue have no whereabouts of the missing vehicles and people aboard on it.
The numbers of missing people has been only confirmed 22.The numbers are believed to rise. The confirmed missing 22 people were travelling to Borivalli,Mumbai from Goa.
The local administration and NDRF has requested the Indian Air Force for choppers for the rescue of missing.
“We have no idea how far the vehicles have been washed away by the rough waters. To pinpoint out the position of the vehicles we have requested for choppers,” said an administrative official who wished anonymity as he is not authorized to talk to the media.
He further added that traffic has been halted on the new bridge after the water-level of Savitri river has crossed danger-mark.