A look at suspension bridge that collapsed in India

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  • Morbi city, home to about 200,000 people, has suffered other calamities.In 1979, an upstream dam on the Machchu river burst, sending walls of water through the city and killing hundreds of people in one of India’s biggest dam disasters.In 2001, thousands of people died in an earthquake in Gujarat.
  • Here’s a brief look at the bridge and Morbi, the town where it’s located:At 1.25 meters (4 feet) wide and 233 meters (764 feet) long and known locally as the “jhoolta pool,” or swinging bridge, the structure was inaugurated in 1879 during British rule.
  • Local news reports said the company reopened the bridge to the public without first obtaining a “fitness certificate.”That claim could not immediately be verified.
  • NEW DELHI (AP) — The 143-year-old cable suspension bridge that collapsed Sunday in the western Indian state of Gujarat in one of the country’s worst disasters in years was built using the latest technology available in Europe at the time.
  • Its cables snapped and its walkway gave way under the weight of hundreds of sightseers, sending hundreds plunging into the water.
  • The newly reopened attraction was packed with people.Based in Morbi, Ajanta is mainly known for making clocks, mosquito racquets and electric bikes.
NEW DELHI (AP) The 143yearold cable suspension bridge that collapsed Sunday in the western Indian state of Gujarat in one of the countrys worst disasters in years was built using the latest technol [+1942 chars]