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Mahad mishap toll climbs to 24 as 2 more bodies recovered

Two more bodies were recovered on Saturday during the search operation in Savitri river where two state-run buses and some private vehicles were swept away after a British-era bridge collapsed in Mahad, taking the toll in the tragedy to 24.

"Two more bodies, both males, were found at different locations in the river and the toll has now gone up to 24. Of these, one was found near Mhapral bridge and the other in Amber creek," a Raigad district official said. A fresh search operation involving multiple agencies and local divers was launched this morning, he said.

The tragedy occurred on Tuesday night at Mahad when two state-run buses and some private vehicles fell into the swollen river following collapse of the nearly-century-old bridge on the Mumbai-Goa Highway.

Flood situation in Bihar grim 
With two more deaths reported from Purnea district, the toll in Bihar floods increased to 91 on Saturday with many areas in 14 districts still reeling under inundation in the state. The Bihar floods have affected 33 lakh people in 642 panchayats of 78 blocks of 14 districts of the state, besides widely damaging crops in different parts of the state.

The disaster management department said two fresh deaths were reported from Purnea taking the toll to 91 from Friday’s 89 in the state.
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