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Family falls to their deaths after terrifying bridge collapse in floods that have claimed more than 100 lives

A mother, father and child have died after a bridge collapsed as they crossed into a neighbouring village when their home was flooded .

The trio are holding hands as they try to get to the other side and safety as they carry some of their belongings.

Another family had successfully crossed just moments earlier and crowds were gathered on both sides as the evacuation got underway.

But as the family are just inches from safety, the concrete gives way beneath them and they fall into the fast flowing river in the Bihar area of northern India, which borders Nepal.

A single bridge provided the only route across the river Kosi and locals were forced to run across, despite the river undercutting its foundations.

The family try to race across the bridge (Image: Newslions / SWNS)

 

An eyewitness said: “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.

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The bridge starts to give way (Image: Newslions / SWNS)
The family fall from the collapsing structure (Image: Newslions / SWNS)

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“Bystanders helplessly watch as three of them got washed away with the flood waters.”

According to the Times of India at least 119 people have died in the floods in the last five days.

The floods in Bihar have so far affected 9.3million people, despite other Indian states facing extreme drought due to lack of rainfall.

The Met Office has forecast another week of rain.

Principal Secretary of Health R K Mahajan at a press briefing said hospitals have been directed to maintain a sufficient stock of anti-snake and anti-rabies injections to help those affected by the floodwaters.

 

Food parcels are being dropped by air where the water is cutting off villages and other people are being housed in relief camps.

Makeshift boat ambulances are also being operated to get to people as quickly as possible.

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The Indian National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has sent soldiers to rescue 25 pregnant women, 55 animals and have saved eight people for drowning.

A baby girl was also born on board a NDRF rescue boat.

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