Girl killed and 70 injured after bridge collapses in Indian-controlled Kashmir

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A footbridge has collapsed into a river in Indian-controlled Kashmir while thronged with more than 100 people celebrating a festival, killing a 10-year-old girl and injuring at least 70 people.

Police and rescue teams rushed to the low metal bridge, which could not withstand the weight of the revellers celebrating the spring harvest season, said Joginder Singh, a civil administrator in Udhampur district.

The narrow bridge’s maximum capacity was around three dozen, he said.

The girl died after being taken to hospital and at least seven people were in a critical condition, Mr Singh said.

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People help a girl at a local hospital after the bridge collapse (AP)

At the hospital, a young woman grimaced in pain as she was carried by two civilians who appeared to be helping with the rescue efforts.

Shoddy construction and overloading are often to blame for bridge and building collapses in India.

In October, at least 132 people died when a century-old suspension bridge collapsed into a river in the western state of Gujarat, sending hundreds plunging into the water. It was one of the the country’s worst accidents in the past decade.

Kashmir sits high in the rugged Himalayan mountain range, and India and Pakistan each claim the divided territory in its entirety.

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