One dead, many feared trapped in Kolkata bridge collapse

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead

Thousands of people travelling in the peak evening hours were inconvenienced owing to the incident.

The bridge collapse hit Circular Railway services and local train services in Budge Budge-Sealdah line inconveniencing a large number of commuters, an Eastern Railway spokesman said here.

According to a state official, the 40-year-old bridge was constructed by the Kolkata Port Trust and the bridge was maintained by the State Public Works Department. We are receiving information from the rescue team on ground. We need to find out what went wrong in this case.

There are, however, no flights from Darjeeling to Kolkata, she added. Banerjee, who was in the hills to hold administrative review meetings, will be returning to Kolkata on Wednesday. This is the second bridge collapse in the city in the last two years. In this case, her government seems to have ignored specific warnings about the precarious state of the Majerhat bridge. "Rest of the investigation will be done later", Banerjee said. (AAP) Cars crushed by the collapsed portion of bridge.

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#06:00 PM: Six people injured: Six people have been admitted to hospital: Firhad Hakim, West Bengal Minister on Majerhat bridge collapse.

"I was on the bridge, headed towards Behala".

Emergency services have been pressed after the flyover collapsed this afternoon.

West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, who reached the site to take stock of the rescue operations, raised questions on the maintenance of the bridge.

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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.

A half-dozen vehicles, including a bus, fell with the broken section of concrete, about 30 metres long, in Kolkata's Majerhat neighborhood on Tuesday (local time).

NDRF personnel have engaged sniffer dogs to trace any person trapped under the debris.

A map of southwest Kolkata where the Majerhat bridge collapsed. Suddenly I saw that a portion of the bridge collapsed. Our priority is relief and rescue.

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Till late on Tuesday evening, rescue workers were trying to crawl through the narrow gaps in the debris to rescue those trapped underneath. Rescue operations are underway.

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