Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

India bridge collapse: Dozens trapped and five dead in Kolkata

India bridge collapse: Dozens trapped and five dead in Kolkata

The bridge collapsed during peak hours of traffic and it is being feared that many people and vehicles might be trapped under the debris.

A portion of a 40-year-old bridge collapsed in South Kolkata on Tuesday, crushing a man to death and leaving 19 injured and several vehicles damaged.

The Logical Indian prays for the well-being of the people who are trapped under the bridge and the ones undergoing treatment now. 20-25 injured people have been rescued by fire officials. There are no flights in the evening, we are unable to do so. "We are trying our best", an official of the rescue team said this morning. Twenty six people were killed when the under-construction Vivekananda Flyover collapsed in the city's Posta area on March 31, 2016.

She said there was a hut under the bridge and some labourers engaged in metro rail construction work used to stay. 17 victims have been rushed to the nearby SSKM hospital.

Footage on local TV channels have shown a bus, a few cars and some motorcycles stuck in the caved in section of the bridge.

Asked whether the committee which look after the old bridges had given fit certificate to the Majerhat bridge, the minister said, "I can not confirm it". It is the main link between Behala and the further south areas of South 24 Parganas district.

The Kolkata Traffic Police diverted traffic movement through Diamond Harbour Road in Taratala after the Majerhat bridge collapse.

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Tram services have been completely suspended along CGR Road-DH Road and Judges Court Road, he said.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Roopa Ganguly blamed the state government for the accident. "Nobody will be spared", she said.

"The rest of the investigation will be done later", the minister added.

#5:38 PM: CM Mamata Banerjee expresses concerns: We are very anxious.

#06:55 PM: PM Modi tweets: The collapse of a part of a bridge in Kolkata is deeply unfortunate.

A highway overpass has collapsed in the crowded Indian city of Kolkata, with a concrete segment slamming to the ground and killing at least one person, according to officials.

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