A packed suspension bridge in Gujarat's Morbi city collapsed into the Machchhu river on Sunday evening, just four days after it was reopened following restorations, killing at least 70 people and leaving scores more missing.
As night struck, rescuers continued their search for victims and survivors while National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) reinforcements were hurriedly sent in from other regions of the state.
Videos captured soon after the disaster showed numerous people clinging to a hanging portion of the 756-foot-long bridge, which looked to have broken at about 6.40 p.m.
According to a tweet from the Prime Minister's Office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day visit to Gujarat, spoke to the chief minister Bhupendra Patel and requested the "immediate mobilisation" of rescue teams.
According to officials, an investigation into the occurrence has begun.
The location, which has grown to be a popular tourist destination, had a massive influx of visitors over the course of the weekend, according to officials and those on-site.