COLOMBO (NewsRadio); President Ranil Wickremesinghe says he is shocked and saddened by the tragic accident in Morbi, Gujarat, where at least 130 people have died after a pedestrian bridge collapsed last evening.
In a message of condolence to the Government of India, President Wickremesinghe said the people of Sri Lanka join him in extending their condolences to the government, people of India and the families of those who lost their lives.
The President also wished speedy recovery to those injured and success in the rescue and recovery operations that are underway.
At least 130 people have died after a pedestrian bridge collapsed in Gujarat while 177 persons have been rescued according to reports from Indian media outlets.
Hundreds of people were plunged into River Macchu in Morbi town.
Local footage shows survivors hanging off the partly-submerged suspension bridge.
Reports say as many as 400 people were on the structure at the time. More than 80 people have been rescued.
The 230-metre (754 feet) colonial-era crossing was built during British rule of India in the 19th Century.
Known locally as a Julto Pool, it is a popular tourist attraction in the area.
The accident occurred at around 18:40pm yesterday.