More than 80 killed in India as bridge collapses

STORY: At least 81 people were killed in the western Indian state of Gujarat on Sunday when a footbridge packed with sightseers enjoying holiday festivities collapsed and plunged them into the river below.

Footage showed dozens of people clinging onto the cables and twisted remains of the bridge over the Machhu River, as emergency teams struggled to rescue them.

Some clambered up the broken structure to try to make their way to the river banks, while others swam to safety.

A number of children were among the victims.

Authorities said more than 400 people were on and around the colonial-era suspension bridge at the time of the collapse.

The 230-meter bridge was built during British rule in the 19th century. It had been closed for renovation for six months and was reopened for the public last week.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in his home state Gujarat for a three-day visit, said he had directed the state chief minister to mobilize teams urgently for the rescue operation.