Bridge collapse leaves 5 dead and dozens trapped

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead

SHIVAROOR BRIDGE Five people have died and dozens are trapped after a huge bridge collapsed

In a tragic incident, a portion of the arterial Majerhat bridge in the southern part of Kolkata collapsed on Tuesday trapping several people and vehicles under its debris.

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. It was not immediately clear what had caused the structure to partially collapse.

A total of 25 injured people have been rushed to hospital. President Ram Nath Kovind said he was "sorry to learn" about the partial bridge collapse.

Kolkata Police Commissioner said that one person has been killed, while 16 others were injured.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the incident as "deeply unfortunate" and hoped for the speedy recovery of the injured. With the party running the government, I guess, funds were also allocated and spent on paper for the bridge. Rescue teams, disaster management teams, Police CP, firefighters already at the spot.

An eyewitness claimed that some people in a minibus and private cars were trapped.

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. Cranes have been deployed and gas cutters are being used for the rescue operation.

"We dug two manholes into the debris and rescuers descended into them looking for survivors, but did not find anyone there". Traffic movement to and from Behala suburbs and South 24 Parganas district were hit.

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The bridge stood over rail tracks in an old part of the city. The DCP traffic Kolkata has said that several routes leading to the collapse site has been temporarily shut and traffic has been diverted.

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

Opposition parties blamed the Trinamool Congress government and said its "callousness towards the fix of old bridges" was the main reason for the collapse.

It was the second major road collapse in Kolkata in recent years. "He had gone to visit relatives when the incident happened".

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