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Videos of deadly bridge collapse in India show dozens clinging to cables

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Videos shared on Twitter showed the aftermath of a deadly bridge collapse in the western Indian state of Gujarat that killed at least 60 people Sunday.

Dozens were seen climbing the cables on the side of the bridge to make it to safety or desperately trying to hang on the edge of the bridge. Others were seen swimming to the shore.

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Videos show the 100-year-old fallen pedestrian bridge twisted in the Machchhu river in the town of Morbi. Authorities said around 350 people were on the bridge when it collapsed — four days after it had reopened following a months-long renovation.

The death toll in the collapse continued to rise Sunday; a government minister said over 60 people had died, the Times of India reported. Many of the victims were women, children, and older people, officials said.

On Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was saddened by the tragedy and that relief and rescue operations were ongoing. His office said family members of people who died would receive compensation.

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