Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

One dead, many feared trapped in Kolkata bridge collapse

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead NEWS 18 DEATH TOLL Local reports say at least five people have died
Glenn Montgomery | 05 September, 2018, 13:27

Following the incident, ambulances and disaster management response force personnel with heavy machinery rushed to the spot to carry out rescue work.

The injured have been admitted to SSKM and CMRI hospitals, the police added.

People stand next to the wreckage of vehicles at the site of a bridge that collapsed in Kolkata, India September 4, 2018.

A motorway overpass has collapsed in the Indian city of Calcutta, with a concrete segment slamming to the ground and killing at least one person, officials said.

#06:10 PM: BJP holds Mamata responsible for the collapse: State Government and CM are responsible for this bridge collapse. There was a pit in the bridge and the PWD and Railways should have noticed that and maintained the bridge.

State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury demanded an "answer" from Chief Minister Banerjee and Public Works Department Minister Hakim.

One man died from head injuries in the collapse and another 21 people were taken to hospital, some in critical condition. Traffic from various parts of South 24 Parganas and Behala were also diverted from the Diamond Park area, an officer said. Many vehicles are said to be buried under the debris.

Terming the collapse "deeply unfortunate", prime minister Narendra Modi, in a tweet, said: "My thoughts are with the families of the victims".

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. "The matter requires investigation".

An official of the Kolkata Traffic Police said, "We expect traffic jam because the Majherhat bridge has collapsed".

Train services on Budge Budge-Sealdah line may be restored after ensuring the safety in train running, a railway official said. Rescue operations were on until late night. "Hard to gauge enormity of tragedy as yet looking at visuals".

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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