• Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

17 workers were killed after an under-construction railway bridge collapsed in Mizoram

A railway bridge which was under construction collapsed near Sairang village in Mizoram on the 23rd of August. The construction site is about 21 km from Aizawl.

At least 17 workers were killed after an under-construction railway bridge collapsed  and several others injured.

Following the tragic incident, the rescue and relief operations began immediately. DC and SP Aizawl reached the site immediately.

Officials of district administration and Police department, alongwith local officials started the rescue operation. The QRT and NDRF also reached the site immediately and started the rescue and recovery operation. 18 dead bodies have been recovered so far, and 3 injured persons were rescued, while search and rescue operations are going on. Medical teams from Civil Hospital, Lengpui and Sairang PHC provided medical aid. The YMA is also playing a crucial part in the rescue operation.

The QRT team along with NDRF has rescued one injured worker from the top of one of the bridge pillars. Two QRT officials namely Lalhriatzuala and Lalfakzuala brought down the injured worker rappeling down the 100m high pillar.

The Minister DM&R of Mizoram,  Lalchamliana has expressed his deep regret for this incident and offers his condolences to the victims and their families.

 

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw tweeted,” Grieved by the unfortunate incident in Mizoram. NDRF, state administration and railway officials are at the site. Rescue operation on war footing.
Ex-gratia compensation:
₹10 Lakh in case of death,
₹2 Lakh towards grievous and ₹50,000 for minor injuries.

Rescue operations are still underway in coordination with BSF, NDRF and Police. All possible assistance is being provided at the site.

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