"No Flights Today, Can't Return," Mamata Banerjee After Bridge Collapse

A section of a bridge in south Kolkata came crashing down this afternoon. Many people are feared trapped underneath.

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Mamata Banerjee is on an official visit to Darjeeling.


Kolkata: 

Highlights

  1. Mamata Banerjee is on an official visit to Darjeeling
  2. A section of a bridge in south Kolkata came crashing down this afternoon
  3. One person was killed in the bridge collapse, more than 20 were injured

Shortly after a bridge collapse in Kolkata, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on an official visit to Darjeeling, said she wanted to return to the state capital but there were no flights.

A section of a bridge in south Kolkata came crashing down this evening. One person was killed in the bridge collapse and 24 people have been injured. The bridge stood over some rail tracks in Alipur, one of the most prominent areas in the city.

"We are very worried. We are receiving information from the rescue team on ground. We want to go back as soon as possible. There are no flights in the evening, we are unable to do so," said Mamata Banerjee.

"Our team is focused on relief and rescue work. Our priority is relief and rescue. Rest of the investigation will be done later," the chief minister added.

The fire brigade, police and personnel of the National Disaster Response Force are carrying out rescue work.



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