Morbi Bridge Collapse: State-wide mourning will be held in Gujarat on Nov 2, all government functions canceled: CM Bhupendra Patel
Morbi Bridge Collapse : At least 134 people have died so far in the incident of breaking of the cable bridge on Machhu river in Morbi district of Gujarat on Sunday evening. This
painful accident in Morbi has shaken everyone along with the government. The Gujarat government has decided to observe a state-wide mourning on November 2 for the souls of those
who lost their lives in the accident. Also, the national flag will remain half-masted at government buildings in the state and no government functions will be held. Gujarat CM
Bhupendra Patel tweeted, "A high level meeting was held at Gandhinagar Raj Bhavan under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Bhai Modi. In this meeting, it has been decided
to observe state-wide mourning in Gujarat on November 2 to mourn those killed in the Morbi tragedy. "The national flag will be flown at half-mast on November 2 at government
buildings in the state and no official public function, reception or entertainment program will be held." "I humbly appeal to the entire state to pray for peace to the departed
souls who lost their lives in this tragedy on that day as well as to give strength to their families to bear this loss."
Let us tell you that 134 people have died in the
Morbi bridge accident. Teams of Army, Navy, Air Force and NDFRF engaged in the rescue operation are still searching for others. The state government has constituted a committee to
probe the bridge breakdown incident. This bridge over the Machhu river in Morbi is more than a century old. Due to repair and renovation work, this bridge was closed for about 6
months and it was reopened to the general public five days ago. Eyewitnesses said that when this 'hanging bridge' of the British era broke down, at that time hundreds of people
were present on it. Among them, the number of women and children was more, who fell into the river due to the breakdown of the bridge. Due to Diwali holiday and Sunday being the
center of attraction for the tourists, there was a lot of crowd on this bridge. A private operator did the repair work of the bridge for about six months. The bridge was reopened
to the public on 26 October, the Gujarati New Year's Day. However, an official said that it was opened to the public after the repair work was completed but the local civic body
had not yet issued any fitness certificate.