Kolkata: Majerhat bridge collapses, at least five dead, many trapped

05 September, 2018, 13:28 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Rescuers work at the scene after a highway overpass collapsed on a sewage canal in Kolkata India Tuesday Sept. 4 2018. There were no immediate reports of deaths but police and firefighters were using cutting tools to clear the wreckage and it was

Rescue workers were working to see if anyone was trapped in the debris after a bridge collapsed on Tuesday (Sep 4) in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, which killed at least one person.

Kolkata, September 4: In a tragic incident, a portion of Majerhat bridge in Kolkata has collapsed.

Currently, state disaster teams are at the spot and are trying to rescue those trapped with aid from locals. A threadbare investigation will be carried out to determine what led to the accident, the chief minister told the media in Darjeeling. Many vehicles are said to be buried under the debris.

The accident took place on a day the city received 72.1 mm of rainfall since morning.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the incident as "deeply unfortunate" and hoped for the speedy recovery of the injured. Locals join. Rescue operations on.Prayers for those affected. My thoughts are with the families of the victims.

She said there was a hut under the bridge and some labourers engaged in metro rail construction work used to stay.

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#08:00 PM: The bridge (Majerhat) collapse incident in Kolkata is extremely tragic.

Banerjee said she will visit the site on Wednesday cutting short her tour. On 31 March 2016, the under-construction Vivekananda flyover in the Girish Park neighbourhood collapsed killing 27 people and leaving over 80 were injured.

"We have heard one person died so far".

Governor KN Tripathi, who visited the site earlier in the evening, described it as "a big disaster". However, in a statement, KoPT said, "KoPT does not have any records of Majherhat Bridge been built by Kolkata port". Jams were witnessed in many parts of the city on roads arterially connected to the Majerhat Bridge road. Traffic from various parts of South 24 Parganas and Behala were also diverted from the Diamond Park area, an officer said.

It was the second major road collapse in Kolkata in recent years. However, train services in the Sealdah-Budge Budge section, which also passes under the bridge, was not affected, he said.

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