A suspension bridge in India collapsed for the second time in 2 years, and it's just one example of how structures and buildings have crumbled and fallen apart in the country
- A bridge under construction in an eastern Indian state collapsed for the second time in two years.
- There were eight men on the bridge when it collapsed, and one of them has been reported missing.
A suspension bridge in India has collapsed for the second time in less than two years, and it's just one of the many instances where structures and buildings in the country have given way and crumbled.
The 1.9-mile-long bridge, which was being built over the holy Ganges river in India's eastern state of Bihar, collapsed on Sunday while it was still under construction, the Associated Press reported.
Videos of the collapse show the pillars of the bridge breaking, and the concrete surface crashing into the river.
—Overton (@OvertonLive) June 5, 2023
Reuters reported that eight men were on the bridge when it went down, and one of them, a guard, has yet to be found.
The bridge was being built by an unnamed private company for $208 million, per the AP. It collapsed for the first time in April last year after the region was hit by bad weather.
Accidents related to poor construction quality are common in India, where construction companies cut corners by using cheap, low-quality materials.
In 2016, a flyover in Kolkata, one of India's most populous cities, came crashing down. At least 80 people were killed in the accident, Channel News Asia reported. Indian journalist Sohini Chattopadhyay reported that the flyover was made with steel that had failed quality checks, per CNA.
In October, a century-old British-era suspension bridge in the western state of Gujarat collapsed, killing at least 132 people. The AP reported that it snapped because it could not handle the weight of the large crowd that had gathered on it.
—BNO News (@BNONews) October 30, 2022
And in January, a residential apartment block in the northern city of Lucknow came crashing down, killing two people. The building was found to have been built illegally, per The Hindustan Times.
—Nishant (@Saxena_Nish01) January 25, 2023
CNA reported in 2019 that 38,000 people in India have died since 2001 due to construction accidents alone.
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