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India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead

Circular Railway services was affected after the collapse of a section of a bridge at Majerhat in south Kolkata on Tuesday, an Eastern Railway spokesperson said.

The bridge, which passes above the railway tracks, collapsed around 4:30 pm and vehicles crashed on the slums located next to the bridge.

The National Disaster Response Force has deployed three teams to the spot where the Majerhat bridge collapsed in south Kolkata.

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Fire brigade, police and NDRF personnel are engaged in rescue work in the fading light. At least five people are feared to have been killed and several trapped under the debris, according to unconfirmed sources.

Televised images from the accident site showed a section about 30m long that had dropped to the ground, reported Associated Press.

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Some locals said the collapse might have been due to the construction of metro railway pillars nearby but this was not immediately confirmed by the experts.

People in this congested neighbourhood had said concrete was laid overnight which could have possibly increased the weight over the steel beams to levels beyond their bearing capacities.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is now in Darjeeling, said that she has received information from the rescue team on ground. He said, "The Bengal govt and Mamata herself is responsible for this bridge collapse. Hard to gauge enormity of tragedy as yet looking at visuals". More than 100 people have died so far in the rain-related incidents this year.

"I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest", said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet.

The Majerhat Bridge collapse brings back the memory of 2016 disaster when an under construction Vivekananda Flyover caved in. "The matter required to be enquired", he told reporters.

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