India bridge collapse: Dozens trapped and five dead in Kolkata

India bridge collapse: Dozens trapped and five dead in Kolkata

At least one person died and several others are feared trapped after a portion of a bridge collapsed in South Kolkata on Tuesday afternoon.

While around 13 people were admitted to SSKM Hospital of which four are critical, 18 were admitted to CMRI Hospital, two of whom are critical.

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).

Fire brigade, police and NDRF personnel are engaged in rescue work in the fading light. The tragedy happened two years after the collapse of the under-construction Vivekanand flyover in Kolkata, in which over 20 people were killed.

"We are constantly monitoring the situation", she said.

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The Majerhat bridge was built 40 years ago.

The chief minister has called for a detailed investigation.

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Police confirmed the death of one person and said 21 others, including three women were injured. The bridge on Diamond Harbour Road reportedly collapsed at around 4:45 PM in the evening. Many vehicles are said to be buried under the debris.

The bridge collapse hit traffic movement to and from vast areas in south-west Kolkata and adjacent South 24 Parganas district.

Banerjee, now on a trip to Darjeeling, expressed concern over the incident and said her government will initiate a probe into the cause of the bridge collapse.

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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. Rescue operations were on until late night.

It is possible that not many are trapped under the collapsed part of the bridge. However, train services in the Sealdah-Budge Budge section, which also passes under the bridge, was not affected, he said. President Ram Nath Kovind said he was "sorry to learn" about the partial bridge collapse.

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

This is the second major bridge collapse in Kolkata.

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