Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Kolkata Majerhat bridge collapse: Search operation underway by NDRF

Kolkata Majerhat bridge collapse: Search operation underway by NDRF

A bridge collapsed in south Kolkata's Majherhat area on Tuesday, toppling several vehicles and trapping people in the rubble.

A part of the central section of the structure caved in, leading to a few cars, two-wheelers and a bus on the section plunging down.

The incident in Majherhat, southern Kolkata, took place at around 11:30 GMT on Tuesday, when a almost 30-metre long section of the bridge dropped to the ground, the second such incident in the city in less than three years.

This is the third bridge collapse in the city in five and a half years. "Though the audit was conducted, it was found that KMDA did not have the necessary resources to immediately address structural deficiencies in the best possible manner", he added.

The injured have been admitted to SSKM and CMRI hospitals, the police said. At least six people were feared to be trapped under the debris.

Police confirmed the death of one person and said 21 others, including three women were injured.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the incident. "I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest", he wrote on Twitter.

State Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi also visited the location and later asked the government to take corrective measures for proper maintenance of bridges. With the party running the government, I guess, funds were also allocated and spent on paper for the bridge. "If anyone is there, we hope they would be alive", said Fire Brigade official DK Singh. Devastating. Rescue teams, disaster management teams, Police CP, fire fighters already reach spot.

"Some nine vehicles, including a minibus and several two-wheelers, remained underneath", Sudeshna Ray, an eyewitness, said. On 31 March 2016, the under-construction Vivekananda flyover in the Girish Park neighbourhood collapsed killing 27 people and leaving over 80 were injured.

One man at the site told reporters that they heard a loud sound in the evening and the power supply in the area had gone off.

Authorities have rushed to the spot. But now our focus is on the rescue operation.

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