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Panaji: At least 2 people have died and 30 others are missing after a Portuguese-era bridge on Sanvordem river collapsed in Curchorem, South Goa around 7:00 in the evening on Thursday.

As the luck would have it, the victims were standing on the dilapidated bridge watching an operation to rescue a youth who allegedly jumped into the river to commit suicide. "We managed to save almost 20 to 25 people and have recovered one body so far", Goa police sub-inspector Ravindranath Pednekar said.

50 persons fell into a river following the collapse of the footbridge.

"This evening a footbridge caved in here during which a crowd of around 50 fell into the river", a police official said.

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Some of them managed to swim ashore, he added.

The number of casualties is still unclear.

Divers from the Indian Navy and the Drishti Lifeguard Services, a private agency which provides lifeguards for the state's beaches, were called in for the rescue operation.

Fifteen people have been admitted to hospital, said one policeman, while rescue teams are working at the site. "Search and rescue operations have been identified", Union Home minister Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.

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