The search and rescue operations in Mumbai-Goa highway collapse is still undergoing on Thursday after the bridge which is built over Savitri river in Malad suddenly collapsed on Tuesday night. Several vehicles, including two buses, were swept away in the river after the incident. The NDRF teams were first to respond as they were rushed to the spot from Pune. However, it took some time because of heavy rains and traffic.
The Indian Coast Guard also launched Chetak Helicopter to search for people who were swept away. On the other hand, a Sea King 42B helicopter was also diverted to the accident location while it was on some other mission. Within few hours of the collapse, there were reports of two bodies being recovered by the rescue teams. However, additional SP of Raigad district Sachin Patil later informed the media that it was a false information.
Also, Minister Eknath Shinde ordered structural audit of 36 briges in Konkan region ahead of Ganpati festival in the state. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also responded swiftly to the situation and was closely monitoring the entire operations. He also ordered a probe into it on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the search teams used a 300 kg magnet to trace two buses which were swept away in the Savitri river. Around 22 people were traveling in the buses. Early in the morning, body of one of the bus drivers SS Kamle was found and identified while another body of a woman was found 14 km from the accident location.
Later in the evening, the state government ordered judicial probe into the incident and also announced Rs 10 lakh compensation for the kin of those who died. As per reports, more than 40 people are still missing and the search operations are still on.
The bridge in question was built during the British era in 1940s and was recently certified as being in a good condition in May 2016 after it was reviewed.