“Two more bodies, both males, were found at different locations in the river and the toll has now gone up to 24. Of these, one was found near Mhapral bridge and the other in Amber creek,” a Raigad district official said.
A fresh search operation involving multiple agencies and local divers was launched this morning, he said.
The tragedy occurred on Tuesday night at Mahad when two state-run buses and some private vehicles fell into the swollen river following collapse of the nearly-century-old bridge on the Mumbai-Goa Highway.
Of the 22 identified victims, 10 were in Rajapur-Borivili bus while seven were travelling in Jaigad-Mumbai bus, both belonging to Maharashtra State Transport Corporation.
Twenty boats and nearly 160 personnel from Coast Guard, NDRF and Navy were deployed in the search operation.
The district administration was also taking help of local fishermen.
Mr Fadnavis had said that apart from two state-run buses, a Tavera and a Honda City car had also fallen into the river after the bridge crumbled on Tuesday night.
The bridge was located on Mumbai-Goa Highway near Mahad, about 170 kms from Mumbai. The river, which turned into a torrent due to heavy downpour in its catchment area in Mahabaleshwar, weakened the foundations of the bridge, which ultimately gave way on Tuesday night.