Bridge collapses in Kolkata, cars fall on the road below

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead

At least one person has died and several others are feared trapped in India's eastern city of Kolkata after a section of a decades-old highway bridge built over a railway track collapsed. It runs over the Majerhat Railway Station and connects the city centre with the heavily populated Behala, vast areas of the southwest suburbs and neighbouring South 24 Parganas district.

Currently, state disaster teams are at the spot and are trying to rescue those trapped with aid from locals.

A total of 25 injured people have been rushed to hospital.

A highway overpass collapsed Tuesday in the crowded Indian city of Kolkata, and some injured people were being treated at a nearby hospital, an official said. Many cars were also seen caught under the collapsed section of the bridge. Fire brigade, police and NDRF personnel are engaged in rescue work.

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Banerjee said she will visit the site on Wednesday cutting short her tour.

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

The bridge was constructed by the Kolkata Port Trust, but officials alleged that the public works department (PWD) was responsible for its upkeep.

The Majerhat bridge reportedly collapsed around 4:45pm. He said, "We have called in the cranes, let them pull up the debris, however, as per information, no one else is trapped under the debris".

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the incident. "Rest of the investigation will be done later", Banerjee said.

#05:30 PM: Rescue mission underway: More visuals from the spot where part of Majerhat bridge in South Kolkata has collapsed.

"If the labourers were in the hut at the time of the incident, some lives may have been lost", the Trinamool Congress chief told reporters. As the bridge collapsed during peak traffic hours, the Budge Budge-Sealdah railway line has been stopped. In 2016, Vivekanand Bridge, which is near the busy Ganesh Talkies, collapsed, killing 27 people and leaving 80 injured. Locals join. Rescue operations on. If they were there during the collapse, it is possible that something unfortunate may have happened to them. "Hard to gauge enormity of tragedy as yet looking at visuals".

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