A ferryboat has collided with a bridge in Brazil’s northern state of Pará, plunging a 200 metre (657ft) part into the Moju River.
Witnesses stated two small automobiles fell into the water after the ship crashed into one of many pillars.
It’s unclear nonetheless how many individuals have been harm and scuba divers are looking the river. The 5 crew on the ship are stated to have survived.
Pará governor Helder Barbalho signed a state of emergency after the accident.
“Our precedence is looking for victims and giving full help to their households,” he advised state media.
Mr Barbalho posted footage of the 860 metres-long collapsed bridge on Twitter.
The bridge within the nation’s Amazon area lies en path to one in all Brazil’s busiest ports, Belém.
Authorities are working to clear particles from the river and have arrange quite a few barges to ferry residents throughout the water till it may be fastened, whereas putting warning indicators on pillars of different bridges close by.
Native media reportedly stated an inspection of the bridge earlier this yr revealed corrosion on the pillars. Whereas the federal government requested emergency funds to repair the issue, it reportedly didn’t contemplate the problem severe sufficient to shut the route.
Civil police are investigating whether or not the ship was formally registered, the Related Press says.
Authorities advised Reuters information company the collapse might have an effect on shipments of produce via northern ports.
In 2014, a vessel collided with the pillar of one other bridge close by, inflicting about 50 metres to break down into the water.