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Darjeeling bridge collapse kills 34

At least 34 people have died in Darjeeling, India, including six children, after a bridge reportedly plunged into a river.

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Indian villagers and rescuers gather at the scene of a bridge that collapsed the night before in the village of Bijonbari in West Bengal's Darjeeling district on October 23, 2011. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 34 people have died in Darjeeling, India, including six children, after a bridge reportedly plunged into a river.

Another 102 people were injured, CNN reports, quoting Debabrata Pal of West Bengal state disaster management.

The Daily Mirror reports that up to 60 people were saved from the fast-flowing water.

Those killed and hurt were attending a cultural festival in Bijonbari, a town in the tea-producing region, on Saturday.

The Daily Mirror quotes a local politician, Roshan Giri, as saying: "Too many people were on the bridge."

Army personnel and the State's forest department used sniffer dogs  in the search and rescue operation, which continued into the early hours of Sunday. 

The Hindu reports that the State government has announced it will pay the medical expenses of those injured and compensate the families of the dead.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/111023/darjeeling-tea-bridge-collapse-india-death-toll