How a tourist attraction became a death trap that left dozens dead

  • Geeta Pandey
  • BBC News, Monday

What remains of the Morbi Bridge after it collapsed on Sunday.

image source, BBC/Geeta Pandey

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What remains of the Morbi Bridge after it collapsed on Sunday.

Many in India are wondering how a popular pedestrian bridge collapsed and threw dozens of pedestrians into a river in the western state of Gujarat, killing 135 people.

The tragedy in the city of Morbi, which happened on Sunday evening and in which mostly women, children and the elderly died, is one of the worst in the last few years in that Asian country.

The suspension bridge reopened just five days earlier following repairs after 137 years of existence.

The BBC spoke to survivors, first responders, local journalists and officials to understand how this unnecessary tragedy happened.

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