Kolkata bridge collapse: Rajnath Singh takes stock of situation

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New Delhi, Mar. 31 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday condoled the loss of lives of people due to collapse of an under-construction bridge in North Kolkata.

“Deeply saddened to know that precious lives have been lost in the Kolkata accident. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased,” Singh said in a tweet.

Singh further said that he has spoken to O. P. Singh, Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and said that he has been apprised of the situation at the accident site.

“NDRF teams have been rushed to the spot for rescue ops,” he added.

As many as ten people died following the collapse of an under-construction bridge in Girish Park area of North Kolkata.

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The eye-witnesses claimed that nearly 150 people are stuck under the collapsed bridge.

Rescue operation is currently underway to recover the people stuck under the debris.

“We heard a noise and got scared. Yesterday it was welded.The bridge collapsed. I think at least 150 people are under the debris,” an eye-witness Ramesh Kejriwal told ANI.

“It was a powerful collapse.sent shivers down my spine,” another eye-witness added.

The army, police and the ambulance reached the accident spot to evacuate the victims.

The police were making desperate attempts to lift up the fallen bridge. (ANI)

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