Bengal jetty collapse toll rises to 13

Bengal jetty collapse toll rises to 13

At least three persons died and many went missing after a portion of a bamboo jetty in Hooghly district's Bhadreswar area, 50 km from here, gave way under the impact of high tide.

Search operation being carried out after the collapse of a jetty at Bhadreswar in West Bengal on Wednesday. Local people dived into the choppy waters and rescued 18 people, who were later taken to the Chandernagore Government Hospital.

Bhadreshwar police and the Fire Department were the first to reach the spot.

The jetty collapsed during high tide at around 11.30 am on Wednesday.

Senior officials said that most of the people had been rescued and there was little chance of the death toll increasing.


According to locals, some people survived by swimming towards the bank at their own, while others were helped by police and people that had gathered after the incident.

The chief minister also ordered a probe and asked the Trinamool MLA from Chandernagore, Indranil Sen, who was on tour with her, to rush back.

On Sunday, three people were killed after a boat carrying them capsized in north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Reports said the local government has announced a compensation of over 3,000 USA dollars to the families of victims in the tragedy.

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