Several people are feared trapped after a portion of a bridge collapsed in south Kolkata this evening. The Majerhat Bridge on busy Diamond Harbour Road reportedly collapsed around 4.45 pm.
A part of the central section of the 100-metre portion 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. Initial reports say around five people have died in the disaster, though the toll is bound to rise. The bridge, which has been built over a railway line, is one of the busiest routes in Kolkata.
Rescue teams and 10 fire engines have rushed to the spot. Locals have begun to take bodies out of the rubble. Entire traffic from Diamond Harbour road to Majerhat has come to a screeching halt.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that entire administration is focusing on the rescue and relief operations after the Majerhat Bridge collapsed during peak hours in south Kolkata on Tuesday.
Banerjee, who is in Darjeeling right now, has cut short her visit and is trying to return to the state capital. ‘We want to go back as soon as possible. There are no flights in the evening, we are unable to do so,’ Banrejee said. She added that the police is investigating the matter and a detailed investigation will be done.
The Majerhat Bridge collapse brings back the memory of 2016 disaster when an under construction Vivekananda Flyover caved in. The collapse claimed 25 lives.