Majerhat bridge in Kolkata collapses, 1 dead

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead

SHIVAROOR BRIDGE Five people have died and dozens are trapped after a huge bridge collapsed

Many cars were also seen caught under the collapsed section of the bridge. 20-25 injured people have been rescued by fire officials.

Till late on Tuesday evening, rescue workers were trying to crawl through the narrow gaps in the debris to rescue those trapped underneath. "Our priority is relief and rescue", she said. "Rest of the investigation will be done later".

One person died and several others were injured, local media reports say. "As of now there has been no casualty, but search operations are underway, let us wait", Hakim said. "We want to go back as soon as possible", Mamata said. PWD officials, in turn, blamed the railways for undermining the structural strength of the bridge.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the incident "deeply unfortunate" and hoped for the speedy recovery of the injured. We are receiving information from the rescue team on ground (majerhat bridge collapse in Kolkata).

Kolkata police, West Bengal Fire Services and five teams of the National Disaster Response Force have joined the rescue operations. "All those who were trapped have been rescued".

Since the part of the bridge came crashing down on road, several people are trapped in their their vehicles which are buried under the debris.

In March 2016, part of a bridge under construction collapsed in the busy Burrabazar area of Kolkata, killing 26 people and injuring 90.

Till evening, the twitter handle of the city's traffic police blandly mentioned the traffic diversions, without stating the bridge collapse.

The Metro Rail workers of the under-construction Esplanade-Joka phase lived in a makeshift room under the flyover and were seen resting there on Tuesday afternoon due to heavy rains.

"My driver immediately applied brakes and asked me to get out from the auto".

TMC leader Derek O'Brien tweeted, "Watching scenes of Majerhat bridge #Kolkata collapse".

State Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi also visited the location and later asked the government to take corrective measures for proper maintenance of bridges.

"If the labourers were in the hut at the time of the incident, some lives may have been lost", the Trinamool Congress chief told reporters.

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