At least 17 workers were killed on Wednesday after the collapse of a bridge that was under construction in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram, officials said.
Several other workers were feared trapped under the wreckage, the Indian news media reported. Ruata, a police official in the state’s capital city who goes by one name, said that a rescue operation was underway.
Videos from the scene showed the crumbled portion of the bridge resting in the dirt of the construction site in a lush mountainous area.
India’s infrastructure has long been marred by safety problems and allegations of corruption, with hundreds of people killed in the past decade in bridge disasters alone.
Last fall, at least 134 people died when a pedestrian bridge collapsed in the state of Gujarat. The bridge had been reopened without proper refurbishment and safety checks.