Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Flyover collapse kills one, injures 19 in Kolkata

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead NEWS 18 KOLKATA A massive rescue operation is underway to save people trapped in the debris
Charlie Simmons | 05 September, 2018, 13:26

"Bridge deserved better maintenance". Banerjee, who was in the Darjeeling hills, said she would reach Capital Kolkata Wednesday morning and visit the accident site.

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

Workers engaged in the Joka-BBD Bag Metro Rail project said that they had built shanties under the bridge to cook and that five to six of their fellow workers were still trapped underneath. "Let lives count more than votes!" he added.

This is the second major incident of bridge collapse in the city in the past two years: in March 2016, a portion of the under-construction Vivekananda flyover in central Kolkata had come crashing, killing 27 people.

Several cars, motorbikes and a mini bus can be seen lying on top of the collapsed bridge.

#05:40 PM: Relief and rescue priority, says Mamata: Our team is focused on relief and rescue work. She also ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident. "As of now there has been no casualty, but search operations are underway, let us wait", said the Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim after the collapse.

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Hakim had told reporters that six injured have been shifted to the hospital for treatment.

A huge disaster team including four cranes and almost 500 rescue workers is at the scene and locals are helping to pull people from the wreckage.

Movement on the Budge Budge-Sealdah railway line has been stopped for the time being.

More than two dozen people were injured and rushed to local hospitals, police said. Bridge runs over the Majerhat Railway Station.

Televised images from the accident site showed a section about 30m long that had dropped to the ground, reported Associated Press. The Majherhat bridge connects extended areas of South 24 Parganas district with the city.

The Kolkata Traffic Police posted a tweet for commuters asking them to take the Hastings to Taratala road through CGR for northward journey and the DH Road to CGR road through Taratala for southward journey. The area has several under-construction buildings nearby.

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