Kolkata, Mar. 31 (ANI): The death toll in the collapse of an under-construction bridge in Girish Park area of North Kolkata rose to 14 and 78 others are injured, said the Kolkata Police, adding that the death toll, however, is likely to mount.
Meanwhile, the West Bengal Government has announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to next of kin to the victims and Rs. 2 lakh to gravely injured people.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General O.P. Singh has said that saving the lives of people trapped under debris of the collapsed bridge in North Kolkata is the top priority of his team.
“I have been told that a100-metre over bridge has collapsed. and our priority is to save all those who have been trapped alive. The most important thing is to evacuate people, who have been trapped inside. We are using victim locating cameras, air-lifting bags and all other equipment that are needed in this kind of operations; meanwhile, more teams are being rushed to Kolkata,” Singh told ANI.
Locals, who were present on the scene, claimed that nearly 150 people are stuck under the collapsed bridge. (ANI)