Majerhat collapsed at around 5:30 PM today trapping several people underneath. Many vehicles including two- and four-wheelers were also crushed in the incident. Devastating. Rescue teams, disaster management teams, Police CP, fire fighters already reach spot.
News reports said more than 20 people were taken to hospital, and at least one person died, according to an official at Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial Hospital.
ARMY, Navy and CISF teams were deployed to assist the NDRF, Fire Brigade and the Kolkata Police in the rescue operation.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is now in Darjeeling, is expected to return the city today and visit the site. He said they had no idea of the casualties had seen there were motor cycles and other vehicles trapped in the debris.
The accident took place on a day the city received 72.1 mm of rainfall since morning. My thoughts are with the families of the victims.
"Public works department and railway administration had the responsibility to maintain [the bridge]".
West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi blamed the state government for poor maintenance, and a political blame game started over what led to the accident.
Banerjee said she will visit the site tomorrow cutting short her tour.
Banerjee has said that a probe would be conducted by a committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De to find out the cause of the collapse. "I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest", he wrote on Twitter.
Some local people alleged the collapse might have been due to the construction of metro railway pillars nearby but this was not immediately confirmed by the experts.
The flyover connects Mominpur-Taratala areas of the city.
An official of the Kolkata Traffic Police said, "We expect traffic jam because the Majherhat bridge has collapsed".
"It is really unfortunate that the bridge has collapsed".
Tuesday's incident revived the terrible memory of the Posta flyover collapse here two years ago.