Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Kolkata Majerhat bridge collapse: Search operation underway by NDRF

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead NEWS 18 DEATH TOLL Local reports say at least five people have died
Ray Hunter | 05 September, 2018, 13:24

A portion of the Majerhat bridge collapsed over rail tracks in the busiest Alipore area in south Kolkata on Tuesday evening following heavy rains.

More than two dozen people were injured and rushed to local hospitals, police said.

TV visuals from the area showed the collapsed section resting on the road, with at least nine vehicles, including a mini bus, and several two-wheelers still on it. Fire brigade, police and NDRF personnel are engaged in rescue work.

"We are constantly monitoring the situation". "Both the Railways and the Public Works Department were responsible for the maintenance of the bridge, I have heard".

Mamata Banerjee, who is on an official tour of North Bengal urged her ministers to immediately reach the spot and help with relief actions.

Union minister Babul Supriyo, however, said that it was confirmed from several places that four or five people have died, according to an ANI report. It also extends to parts of the South 24 Paraganas district.

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The Kolkata Traffic Police diverted traffic movement through Diamond Harbour Road in Taratala after the Majerhat bridge collapse.

"We have to take into account the safety aspect while clearing the debris", he said. "I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest", Modi said in a tweet. Rescue operations were on until late night.

"The rest of the investigation will be done later", the minister added.

Circular Railway services and local train services in Budge Budge-Sealdah line were affected, an Eastern Railway spokesman said here.The local train services were suspended from 4.45 pm, he said. However, in a statement, KoPT said, "KoPT does not have any records of Majherhat Bridge been built by Kolkata port". "Hard to gauge enormity of tragedy as yet looking at visuals". If they were there during the collapse, it is possible that something unfortunate may have happened to them. The flyover is said to be one of the oldest brifges in Kolkata.

An underconstruction flyover had collapsed in crowded Burrabazar area, the wholesale business hub of the city, on March 31, 2016 and had claimed 26 lives.

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