As search operations continued during the early morning hours of Monday, Gujarat's Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi informed reporters that the death toll had increased from 68 on Sunday to 132.
The Information Department of Gujarat reported that around 177 individuals had been rescued at this time, and 19 of them were undergoing medical attention.
The bridge in Morbi, which is located in a town approximately 200 kilometers (120 miles) to the west of Gujarat's capital city Ahmedabad, was constructed in the 19th century under British colonial rule. The bridge had been closed to the public for nearly six months due to renovations before it was reopened to the public just last week.
According to local media, there were hundreds of tourists celebrating Diwali and the Chhath Puja holidays on the 230-meter (755-foot) bridge when it collapsed on Sunday.
Television images showed hundreds of people desperately clinging to the wires and mangled remains of the bridge as rescue crews worked their hardest to bring them to safety.
Othersswam to safety, while others attempted to make their way to the riverbanks by climbing the crumbling structure and making their way up it. Among the deceased were a number of young children.
Prateek Vasava, who fell from the bridge and swam to the river bank after landing on his feet, told the Gujarati-language TV program 24 Hours that he observed other children fall into the river. 24 Hours is broadcast in Gujarati.
I wanted to pull some of them along with me but they had drowned or got swept away.- Prateek Vasava, who fell from the bridge
According to him, the bridge gave way in a matter of a few seconds.
Another eyewitness, who identified himself only as Sukram, told the newsagency Reuters that the bridge had given way because it was unable to support the weight of such a large number of people simultaneously crossing it.
Many children were enjoying holidays for Diwali and they came here as tourists. All of them fell one on top of another. The bridge collapsed due to overloading.- Sukram, an eye witness
The state administration of Gujarat has stated that they are conducting an investigation into what caused the accident. It was reported that over 200 people had volunteered to help with the search and rescue operation that was underway.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day visit to Gujarat, his home state, has stated that relatives of those who were killed will each receive 200,000 Indian rupees, which is equivalent to $2,428.
According to a tweet of his, those who were hurt will each receive 50,000 Indian Rupees, which is equivalent to $607 USD.
Armenia, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates, along with a number of other countries, have all expressed their sympathies over the tragic event.
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has conveyed its “deep sorrow” and “condolences for the victims and our utmost sympathy to their families and all the [Indian] people at this tragic time”.
The United Arab Emirates issued a statement saying that it "stands in solidarity with India," while Sri Lanka stated that it was "shocked and distressed by the tragic accident in Morbi."