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Maryland has been granted swift emergency funds for the collapsed bridge

A drone view of the Dali cargo vessel, which crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge (Via Josh Guetta/Shutterstock)

Following the collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, the U.S. government quickly approved an initial $60 million for Maryland. These funds will be used for clearing debris and starting reconstruction.

The bridge fell apart early Tuesday after a cargo freighter lost power and hit it. Two deaths have been confirmed, and four people are believed to be trapped in sunken vehicles.

Maryland Governor Wes Moore promptly asked for emergency funds. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration swiftly approved the request. President Joe Biden urged quick action to rebuild the bridge.

The main goals are finding the missing workers, clearing the waterway for ships, and helping affected families and responders.

Removing the stuck ship is hard because it’s large and tangled in bridge debris. Diving was stopped at first due to safety worries.

President Biden urges expedited response prioritizing recovery (Via Mary West/Getty Images)

Federal officials say rebuilding could cost over $2 billion. Maryland needs more money from Congress to replace the bridge.

The emergency funds for Maryland are meant to start the recovery. More funds could come as damage is checked.

The cargo ship Dali, going to Sri Lanka, lost power before hitting the bridge. This caused big damage, closing the Port of Baltimore and blocking shipping routes.

Even with the sad event, the quick government action shows a promise to fix vital infrastructure and help communities in need.

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