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34 dead in India bridge collapse

From Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN
updated 9:14 PM EDT, Sun October 23, 2011
Indian villagers and rescuers gather at the scene of a bridge that collapsed on Saturday.
Indian villagers and rescuers gather at the scene of a bridge that collapsed on Saturday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 34 people were killed, 102 were injured, officials say
  • The bridge collapsed when people assembled on it for a public meeting, officials say

(CNN) -- A bridge collapse in India's tea-producing region of Darjeeling has left at least 34 people dead, officials said.

Another 102 people were injured, said Debabrata Pal of West Bengal state disaster management.

The collapse took place Saturday, when people had assembled on a bridge for a public meeting, Pal said. One end of the bridge caved in, plunging into the river below.

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