Guwahati: Twenty-four hours after an overloaded footbridge collapsed, local authorities in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh are still not sure how many people were on it. But going by missing reports filed at the police control room in Seppa town, 16 people are yet to be traced.
The 50meter long rope-wire Bridge that hung 40ft over river Kameng and connected Seppa with New Seppa townships snapped on Saturday. Some of the 30 survivors, many of them children, said there were more than 60 people on the bridge at that time.
“Out of an estimated 60 people on the footbridge that collapsed, 30 were rescued till late (Saturday) night. We recovered the bodies of three young women while there are unconfirmed reports of a fourth body having been sighted,” East Kameng superintendent of police Kime Aya told on Sunday. “There could be many still missing, but 16 have been reported missing till now (6pm).”
A district administration official said that 30 rescued, four were in a vital condition. The others were released from a local hospital after first aid. “We shall be probing how the footbridge collapsed, but preliminary investigations suggest too many people were on it at a time,” he said.
The official added that “Luckily, the footbridge had wire meshing on either side and most of the survivors had been caught in them. This prevented them from being washed away.”