Mizoram bridge collapse: 23 dead, several injured; rescue operation underway
Mizoram Railway Bridge collapses: In a horrific and unfortunate incident, 23 dead and at least 18 bodies have been recovered so far and three injured after an under-construction railway bridge collapsed in Mizoram's Aizwal district.
The National Disaster Relief Force and Quick Response Team carried out rescue operation and evacuated workers at the site.
#WATCH | Mizoram: Search & rescue operation underway in the Sairang area about 20 km from Aizawl where the under-construction railway bridge collapsed. pic.twitter.com/XmkM4hturS — ANI (@ANI) August 24, 2023
Notably, the incident took place near Sairang village located around 21 kms from district headquarters Aizawal around 9.30 am.
The statement issued on Wednesday said that postmortem is being conducted by a team from Zoram Medical College, (ZMC) and Civil Hospital, Aizawl. "The bodies will be embalmed and will be handed over to the railway department for transportation to respective home villages," read a statement by the government.
"One injured worker was rescued 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 statement further added.
"Eighteen dead bodies have been recovered so far and three 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," it added.
Rescue operations are still underway in coordination with BSF, NDRF and Police. All possible assistance is being provided at the site, it added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister Relief Fund (PMMRF) while Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the kin of each deceased.
Pained by the bridge mishap in Mizoram. Condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. May the injured recover soon. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being given to those affected.
An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the… — PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 23, 2023
Chief Minister of Mizoram Zoramthanga took to his X handle to express his condolences to all the bereaved families and wrote, "Deeply saddened and affected by this tragedy. I extend my deepest condolences to all the bereaved families and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured. Sending gratitude to the people who have come out in large numbers to help with rescue operations."
- With inputs from agencies