Following the collapse of a recently reconstructed bridge in the Indian state of Gujarat, at least 141 deaths have been officially recorded, according to NDTV. While emergency services continue to look for missing people, rescuers have managed to save a total of 177 people.
A CCTV video of the precise time of the collapse has now been made available online, and it appears to indicate that several young people were purposefully shaking the bridge just before the disaster.
Eyewitnesses reportedly testified that the children were often shaking the bridge and playing with wires while security services apparently did nothing to stop them, as reported by Indian news sites.
Around 6:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, 500 people, including women and children, were crossing a bridge that, according to authorities, was only designed to carry about 125 people.
During British administration in the 19th century, the 230-meter bridge was constructed. It was reopened to the public this week after being shuttered for seven months to undergo refurbishment.
Droupadi Murmu, the president of India, sent her sympathies to everyone who had been impacted by the disaster in Morbi and that she was “worried” about it.
The president said on her office’s official Twitter account that “relief and rescue operations will offer succor to the afflicted.”