This is horrific moment a mother and child drowned when a bridge collapsed in floods which have claimed the lives of more than 150 people in India. Desperate families were fleeing to the safety of neighbouring villages after their homes were taken over by floodwater in Araria district of Indian state of Bihar. A single bridge provided the only route across overflowing river Kosi and locals were forced to run across, despite the river undercutting its foundations. Chilling footage captured tragic moment bridge gave way just as a husband, wife and their child tried to make the crossing and the woman and child plummeted into waters below.
It is reported that mother and child were swept to their deaths after yesterday’s fall, while the man appeared to be pulled to safety by fellow villagers. An onlooker told ‘People were fleeing to safer places as rain water drowned their houses. They are at a loss as to what to take and what to leave behind. The bridge connects two villages. Several people were furtively crossing the bridge over the angry river but it did not stay resilient for long and gave way just when the woman was attempting to cross it. Bystanders helplessly watch as they got washed away with the flood waters.’
Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed at least 343 people, officials and aid workers said. More than 16 million people have been affected by floods in South Asia, with heavy rains and damaged roads hampering relief efforts amid severe food shortages and a growing risk of waterborne diseases. Martin Faller, deputy regional director for Asia Pacific at International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told ‘This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years. Millions of people face severe food shortages and disease. We fear it will get worse in the days and weeks ahead.’