Heart-rending scenes have been pouring out of Morbi, a town which has been stunned by Sunday’s tragedy that has already claimed 143 lives. A day after the 140-year-old bridge collapsed over Machchu River, serpentine queues have formed outside crematoriums and graveyards where the kin of the victims are waiting for the last rites of their loved ones.
A team of 150 people are working tirelessly at the graveyards to ensure a speedy burial of the victims. Meanwhile, at crematoriums in Morbi’s Lilapur Road, Samakantha, and Vishipura, and those crematoriums run by the Satwara Samaj, are witnessing a deluge of mourners who have assembled to bid the final goodbye to their loved ones.
At the Samakantha crematorium, emotions ran high after bodies of two boys from the same family, identified as ten-year-old Mitrajsinh Jadeja and 11-year-old Ravirajsinh Jadeja, were brought for last rites. Five members of the Jadeja family were enjoying the Sunday evening on the ill-fated bridge when it came crashing down. Three adult members survived but the two minor boys couldn’t.
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