Dec 25 - At least 15 persons died and dozens of others went missing when a suspension bridge over the Bheri River at Shobhaghat near Mehalkuna bazaar, Surkhet district collapsed on Tuesday afternoon. Of the dead, four were minors. Among the dead, eight-year-old girl Yamuna Shirish of Sera in Gumi VDC breathed her last while under treatment at Surkhet Regional Hospital, according to Bheri Zonal Police Office at Nepalgunj.
Around 200 of those who fell into the river reportedly managed to swim to safety while a considerable number of others were rescued. The ropes of broken suspension bridge save the lives of many people. People came out by grasping the ropes.Personnel of the Armed Police Force (APF), the Nepal Army (NA) and Nepal Police and locals have been searching for the missing however people say that search operation is not smooth. Also, the harsh geography, nights, and bad weathers are obstructing the search operation. They have resumed the rescue operation from 7:00 am today.