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30 feared drowned as bridge collapses

2011-10-29 22:36

Gauhati - A foot bridge spanning a river in northeast India collapsed on Saturday, and police said 30 people were feared drowned.

Police and paramilitary forces rescued at least 28 villagers from the river, senior police officer Kyle Aya said. One later died in a hospital.

Many of the people crossing the bridge when it collapsed were women and children, Aya said.

The swift current was hindering rescue operations, the Press Trust of India quoted police as saying.

The bridge crosses the Kameng River in Arunachal Pradesh state. The region is nearly 500km north of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.

It was the second bridge collapse in India within a week.

Last week, 31 people died when a wooden bridge collapsed in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal state. Villagers were hearing speeches from local officials on the bridge, which was built in 1942 and weakened by a September earthquake.