Kolkata’s Majerhat bridge collapse Higlights: Five NDRF team rush to spot
The Majerhat bridge on Diamond Harbour Road in south Kolkata reportedly collapsed around 4.45 pm on Tuesday. Here are the highlights
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A portion of the arterial Majerhat bridge in southern Kolkata collapsed Tuesday, trapping several people and crushing many vehicles, police said.
A part of the central section of the structure caved in and as a result a few cars, two-wheelers and a bus that were on that section plunged below. Authorities have still not confirmed how many vehicles or pedestrians might be trapped under the rubble.
Below are the highlights:
Five NDRF team rush to spot
Five teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been sent to Kolkata for rescuing operations after a bridge in the West Bengal city collapsed Tuesday, killing one and trapping several people.
While four teams of the NDRF comprising about 180 personnel have already reached the spot, another team comprising about 45 rescuers is on its way, Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.
19 people injuried: CM Mamata Banerjee
19 people have received injuries. All of them are stable. We have reports of the death of one person but that hasn't been confirmed. There was a slum where the bridge fell & there might be 3-4 casualties at that place: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Majerhat bridge collapse pic.twitter.com/wvJgWTnuo4— ANI (@ANI) September 4, 2018
Babul Supriyo questions CM on casualty figures
It’s an extremely saddening incident and even more saddening is that even though it has been confirmed from several places that 4-5 people have died, the chief minister is saying that no casualties have taken place: BJP’s Babul Supriyo on Majerhat bridge collapse, reports ANI
CRPF forces on the spot
Anguished to learn about collapse: Amit Shah
Anguished to learn about the collapse of a part of bridge in Kolkata. I have asked our @BJP4Bengal unit to join the rescue operation and assist people in need. My thoughts with families of those affected. May the injured recover soon.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 4, 2018
20-25 injured people rescued by fire officials
“At least 20-25 people have been rescued from the spot. It is possible that not a lot of people got trapped under the collapsed part of the bridge. But we need to remove the debris to find out what is underneath,” an official working on the accident spot said, reports IANS.
In a televised address, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said : “We are still assessing the gravity of the situation and we cannot talk about the deaths right now.”
‘Rescue operations began late’, say eyewitnesses
Road traffic hit
Traffic movement through Diamond Harbour Road in Taratala area has been suspended following the incident.
Traffic from various parts of South 24 Parganas and Behala area in the city were being diverted from Diamond Park area, said a Kolkata Traffic Police officer.
Traffic update:-— DCP Traffic Kolkata (@KPTrafficDept) September 4, 2018
As Majherhat Bridge collapsed for
1. North ward journey avail Hastings -> CGR -> Taratala and
2. Southward journey DH Road-> Taratala ->CGR Road .
Train services affected
Train services in Circular Railway and Sealdah-Budge Budge line have been suspended as precautionary measure following the collapse of a portion of the bridge at 4.45 pm, Eastern Railway spokesman R N Mahapatra said.
Train movement through Majherhat had been suspended temporarily as a precautionary measure, he said.
Train services on Budge BudgeSealdah line may be restored after ensuring the safety in train running, he said.
PM Modi says collapse of bridge ‘deeply unfortunate’
The collapse of a part of a bridge in Kolkata is deeply unfortunate. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 4, 2018
Injured being treated at hospital
Seven or eight people were taken to a local hospital after the collapse in the city’s Majerhat neighborhood, West Bengal state urban development ministry official Firhad Hakim told reporters.