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PM Lee sends condolences after India bridge collapse

More than 130 people died after the bridge in Gujarat collapsed.

PM Lee sends condolences after India bridge collapse

Rescue personnel conduct search operations after a bridge across the river Machchhu collapsed at Morbi in India's Gujarat state on Oct 31, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Sam Panthaky)

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Prime Minister wrote to India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (Nov 1) to convey his condolences after the collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Gujarat killed more than 130 people. 

In his letter to Mr Modi, he wrote: "I was saddened to learn about the collapse of the Morbi Bridge in Gujarat and the tragic loss of lives.

"On behalf of the Government of Singapore, I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims.

"Our thoughts are with the people of India during this time, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery."

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said there are currently no reports of Singaporeans among the casualties of the incident, adding that it will monitor developments closely.

Singapore’s Consulate-General in Mumbai is in close contact with the local authorities, said MFA.

Authorities in India said they believe that around 200 people were on the bridge when it collapsed.

Army, navy and national disaster response teams continued search operations as locals gathered on the banks of the river. The bridge was originally built in 1877 and had been closed for six months for repairs until last week.

Police in India arrested nine people on Monday on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Those arrested included ticketing clerks accused of letting too many people onto the bridge and contractors who were in charge of repair work.

Singaporeans in Mumbai who require consular assistance can contact Singapore’s Consulate-General in Mumbai at +91-82910 32836 or MFA Duty Office at +65 6379 8800 / 8855.

Source: CNA/fh(mi)

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