Udhampur: At least 80 people, including several children, were injured after a footbridge collapsed during Baisakhi celebration at Beni Sangam in Bain village in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, news agency ANI reported.
Condition of some injured people is reported to be critical. According to ANI, Manik Gupta, chairman of Chenani Municipality said, “At least 80 people were injured, including 20-25 who are critical. We have referred 6-7 people to District Hospital. The others are here in Chenani and are being looked after by the medical staff.”
Dr Vinod, SSP Udhampur, said, police and other teams have reached the accident spot and a rescue operation is underway. Divisional Commissioner (Jammu) Ramesh Kumar said that the bridge collapsed due to overloading as a large number of people had gathered on it.
#UPDATE | J&K: A footbridge collapsed during the Baisakhi celebration at Benisangam in Bain village in Udhampur's Chenani Block. Visuals from hospital where they have been taken.
Manik Gupta, chairman of Chenani Municipality says, "At least 80 people were injured, including… pic.twitter.com/GfmRRid1ER
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Meanwhile, in a similar incident, at least 43 people were injured after a roof of a house collapsed in Khanetar village of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.