Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Kolkata bridge collapse kills 1, injures 19. Search continues for survivors

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead NEWS 18 HORROR More than 50 ambulances have been put on standby
Jay Anderson | 05 September, 2018, 13:27

A section of Majerhat bridge collapsed in Kolkata on Tuesday. It is reported that many vehicles were also underneath the portion of the bridge that collapsed.

Another minister Firhad Hakim said there has been no casualty in the incident, adding that all those trapped under the debris have been rescued, and six injured have been admitted to the nearby hospital.

Fire brigade, police and NDRF personnel are engaged in rescue work in the fading light.

The Chief Minister, who is on an administrative visit to Darjeeling, said that a high-powered committee headed by the state Chief Secretary would probe the collapse.

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief. Rescue operations are underway. My thoughts are with the families of the victims.

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

"The bridge deserved better maintenance", said Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.




"We are constantly monitoring the situation", she said.

The bridge was constructed by the Kolkata Port Trust, but officials alleged that the public works department (PWD) was responsible for its upkeep.

Local railway services were affected as the bridge crossed a set of tracks.

The Eastern Railway has asked the state-run RITES Ltd to probe the collapse of the Majherhat bridge here and examine the safety of railway operations in it wake, an official said on Wednesday.

The flyover had collapsed on March 31 last killing 26 people and senior officials of a Hyderabad-based construction firm along with officials of the KMDA were arrested in this connection.

The Majerhat Bridge connects Behala in south west Kolkata to other parts of the city across the Sealdah railway line.

This is the third bridge collapse in Kolkata in five-and-a-half years. "I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest", he wrote on Twitter.

The mishap comes two years after the collapse of an under-construction Vivekananda Flyover in north Kolkata which claimed over two dozen lives.

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