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23 missing in bridge collapse in Kashmir

Police say 23 people are missing after a bridge they were building collapsed into an icy Himalayan river in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

SRINAGAR // Police say 23 people are missing after a bridge they were building collapsed into an icy Himalayan river in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Senior police official B Srinivas says no bodies or survivors have been found since the collapse occurred today near the de facto border between India and Pakistan, which both claim the Himalayan region. Srinivas said it was not immediately clear what caused the bridge to fall. The incident took place outside the town of Uri, 100 kilometres west of Srinagar, the main city in the region. Construction accidents are common in India, where little regard is paid to safety and shoddy materials are often used.