Sutlej bridge repair claims 34 victims

After more than 36 hours of rescue operations to trace the bodies of 34 army jawans who drowned in the raging waters of the Sutlej river in Kinnaur district on Thursday, the only success was a body which was spotted near Pawari, about 120 km from Shimla.

The 60-metre-long Bailey bridge, being constructed by the 18th Engineers Regiment, was scheduled to be opened to public on Friday. The entire team of senior army officers had come to inspect last-minute operations on the bridge when the tragedy struck suddenly.

Considered to be a lifeline between the Kinnaur valley and rest of the country, this is the fourth time that the bridge has collapsed in the last five years. The bridge last caved in last June after the Pareechu Lake’s banks were breached due to flash floods.

(provisional cable car bridge at Kharo , from the Tribune. News story from DNA

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