One dead, 25 injured and more feared trapped

April FrancisSep 05, 2018

The incident in Majherhat, southern Kolkata, took place at around 11:30 GMT on Tuesday, when a almost 30-metre long section of the bridge dropped to the ground, the second such incident in the city in less than three years.

Another minister Firhad Hakim said six persons were taken to hospital.

#07:30 PM: Central Armed Police Force reach the spot where part of Majerhat bridge in South Kolkata has collapsed.

A huge disaster team including four cranes and almost 500 rescue workers is at the scene and locals are helping to pull people from the wreckage.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the incident is "deeply unfortunate" and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

One man died from head injuries in the collapse and another 21 people were taken to hospital, some in critical condition. Cranes have been deployed and gas cutters are being used for the rescue operation. The collapse of the bridge has affected railway operations though the portion that has collapsed does not run over the railway lines but a canal adjacent to them.

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The rescue operations at Kolkata's Majerhat Bridge collapse site will continue through the night.

Banerjee, now on a trip to Darjeeling, expressed concern over the incident and said her government will initiate a probe into the cause of the bridge collapse. Traffic from various parts of South 24 Parganas and Behala area in the city were being diverted from Diamond Park area.

An eyewitness reported hearing loud noises at the time of the bridge collapse.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters that several transport workers may have been in a small office under the overpass when it collapsed. West Bengal is reeling under heavy rains.

Some locals said the collapse might have been due to the construction of metro railway pillars nearby but this was not immediately confirmed by the experts.

Tuesday's incident revived the awful memory of the Posta flyover collapse here two years ago.

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