Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

One dead in Kolkata's Majherhat bridge collapse; 31 admitted to hospital

One dead in Kolkata's Majherhat bridge collapse; 31 admitted to hospital

The bridge collapsed at around 4.45pm local time when a number of vehicles were passing over it.

Following Majerhat bridge collapse, West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim said no casualty was reported so far in the incident. Rescue teams, disaster management teams, Police CP, firefighters already at the spot.

"They have been admitted at a private hospital while nine others were admitted at the SSKM Hospital with severe injuries", a senior police officer said. Fire brigade, police and NDRF personnel rushed to the spot and carried out rescue operation.

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.

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"We have to take into account the safety aspect while clearing the debris", he said.

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the incident is "deeply unfortunate" and wished the injured a speedy recovery. But now our focus is on the rescue operation. My thoughts are with the families of the victims.

The 450 metre-long bridge was built in early sixties and maintained by PWD, a member of mayor-in-council in the city municipal corporation said. "Both the Railways and the Public Works Department were responsible for the maintenance of the bridge, I have heard".

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Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi visited the area. She added the state government will bear the cost of their treatment.

Police confirmed at least one death but local media reports five have been killed - and the death toll is expected to rise.

Majherhat Bridge is located next to the Kolkata Port Trust Hospital and connects Alipore with the rest of the south Kolkata neighbourhood. Bridge runs over the Majerhat Railway Station. Traffic from various parts of South 24 Parganas and Behala were also diverted from the Diamond Park area, an officer said.

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Over two years after an under-construction flyover collapsed in Kolkata, the tragedy has once again struck West Bengal's capital city.

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