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Kolkata Bridge Collapse Highlights: One killed, scores injured

05 September 2018

Kolkata: A portion of Majerhat Bridge, connecting Chetla with New Alipore, at Taratola in south Kolkata collapsed on Tuesday afternoon.

According to CNN-News18, one person has died and 21 are injured. Of the injured, nine were admitted to the SSKM Hospital, while remaining seven were admitted to CMRO Hospital.

Several cars, motorbikes and a mini bus can be seen lying on top of the collapsed bridge.

Personnel of the Central Armed Police Force were also called in for assistance in the rescue operation.

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The West Bengal government has announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured in the Majerhat bridge collapse.The 40-year-old Majerhat bridge connects south Kolkata to the suburban areas.

Movement on the Budge Budge-Sealdah railway line has been stopped for the time being.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is in Darjeeling, said, "Although I am here, my heart is there".

Another minister Firhad Hakim said six persons were taken to hospital. "We are concerned about the lives of five to eight people who might have got trapped underneath". Authorities have still not confirmed how many vehicles or pedestrians might be trapped under the rubble.

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#08:00 PM: The bridge (Majerhat) collapse incident in Kolkata is extremely tragic.

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The rescue operations at Kolkata's Majerhat Bridge collapse site will continue through the night.

This is the latest transport and infrastructure tragedy to hit Kolkata after 26 people were killed when Vivekananda Road flyover collapsed in 2016.

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Kolkata Bridge Collapse Highlights: One killed, scores injured