One dead, many feared trapped in Kolkata bridge collapse

Rescue operations under way as part of highway bridge falls to ground, the city’s second such incident in three years.

Kolkata bridge collapse
Rescue workers search for victims at the site of the bridge that collapsed in Kolkata [Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters]

At least one person has died and several others are feared trapped in India’s eastern city of Kolkata after a section of a decades-old highway bridge built over a railway track collapsed.

The incident in Majherhat, southern Kolkata, took place at around 11:30 GMT on Tuesday, when a nearly 30-metre long section of the bridge dropped to the ground, the second such incident in the city in less than three years.

More than two dozen people were injured and rushed to local hospitals, police said.

“We are trying to assess if there are people trapped beneath the debris,” Sovan Chatterjee, the mayor of Kolkata, who visited the accident site, told Reuters news agency.

The bridge is reported to be over 40 years old.

In 2016, a section of an unfinished flyover cutting through Kolkata collapsed, killing 26 people and leaving dozens injured.

An official report later blamed that accident on bad design and poor-quality materials.

Source: News Agencies