Machchhu River

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Machchhu River
Another view from the Bridge Morbi - panoramio.jpg
DistrictsSurendranagar, Rajkot, Morbi
TalukWankaner (Morbi), Morbi (Morbi), Maliya (Morbi)
Physical characteristics
 • locationMandav hills chotila
 • location
in the Ran of kutchh near Maliya
Length130 km (81 mi)
Basin size2,515 km2 (971 sq mi; 621,000 acres)
Basin features
 • leftBeti, Asoi
 • rightJamburi, Benia, Machchhori, Maha

Machchhu River (Gujarati: મચ્છુ નદી, romanized: Machchhu nadi) is a River in Gujarat, India, with its origin in the Madla hills. Its basin has a maximum length of 130 km (81 mi). The total catchment area of the basin is 2,515 km2 (971 sq mi).[1] The river is also occasionally transliterated as Machhu River.

1979 dam failure[edit]

On 11 August 1979, the Machchhu-2 dam, situated on the river, failed, sending a wall of water through the city of Morbi. Estimates of the number of people killed vary greatly, ranging from 1,800 to 25,000.[2][3][4][5]

2022 suspension bridge collapse[edit]

On 30 October 2022, a suspension bridge in the city of Morbi that crossed the river collapsed. Hundreds of people were on the bridge at the time and at least 141 people died. The accident occurred just four days after the bridge was reopened following repairs.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

In 1984, a Gujarati film named Machchu Tara Vaheta Pani starring Upendra Trivedi, Arvind Trivedi, Chandrakant Pandya, Narayan Rajgor, Minal Patel, and Kamini Bhatia was released which was directed by Vibhakar Mehta.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Machchhu River". Narmada, Water Resources and Water Supply Department, Government of Gujarat. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  2. ^ Noorani, A. G. (25 August 1979). "The Inundation of Morvi". Economic and Political Weekly. 14 (34): 1454. JSTOR 4367866.
  3. ^ Noorani, A. G. (21 April 1984). "Dissolving Commissions of Inquiry". Economic and Political Weekly. 19 (16): 667–668. JSTOR 4373178.
  4. ^ World Bank. Environment Dept (1991). Environmental assessment sourcebook. World Bank Publications. p. 86. ISBN 978-0-8213-1845-4.
  5. ^ S.B. Easwaran (27 August 2012). "The Loudest Crash Of '79". Outlook India. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Hundreds plunge into river after India bridge collapses". BBC News. BBC. 30 October 2022.
  7. ^ "Machchu Tara Vaheta Pani (1984) - Review, Star Cast, News, Photos". Cinestaan. Retrieved 11 December 2020.

Coordinates: 23°09′N 70°46′E / 23.150°N 70.767°E / 23.150; 70.767