At least one person was killed and several people were feared trapped as a large chunk of the Majerhat Bridge - a railway overbridge - on the Diamond Harbour Road in Kolkatacollapsed on Tuesday evening. The bridge runs over the Majerhat Railway Station and connects the city centre to Behala and other southern suburbs. According to the latest reports, rescue teams and ambulances have arrived at the spot.
One person died and several others were injured, local media reports say.
The Kolkata Disaster Management Department, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the state fire department conducted the search operations throughout the night, the officials said.
The area near the site had been dug up for a metro railway project and construction materials are strewn all over the place. She held the state government responsible for the mishap alleging that the bridge was not maintained properly.
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Mamata Banerjee, who is on an official tour of North Bengal urged her ministers to immediately reach the spot and help with relief actions.
The accident severely hit transport services connecting the areas in the south-western part of the city and South 24 Parganas district, affecting thousands of commuters in the peak evening hour, reported PTI. Many vehicles are said to be buried under the debris.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the incident is "deeply unfortunate" and wished the injured a speedy recovery. "The matter requires investigation".
"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", Eastern Railway spokesman RN Mahapatra said. Rescue operations were on at the time of going to Press. "Hard to gauge enormity of tragedy as yet looking at visuals". In 2016, Vivekanand Bridge, which is near the busy Ganesh Talkies, collapsed, killing 27 people and leaving 80 injured. President Ram Nath Kovind said he was "sorry to learn" about the partial bridge collapse.
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