Jetty collapse toll rose to 12 in Hooghly

NDRF personnel found the seven bloated bodies including that of a woman floating on the river this morning

Hooghly: At least three people were killed and several others missing after a boat jetty sank in high tide in Hooghly district of West Bengal on Wednesday.

As many as nine people are still missing following the collapse of the temporary wooden jetty at Telinipara ghat in Bhadreswar due to high tide on Wednesday.

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The bodies, including that of a 19-year-old woman, were found floating in the river, police said. The accident occurred when the passengers were waiting at the jetty for boarding a boat to cross the river and reach Shyamnagar in North-24 Parganas district.

Following the mishap, locals and police from nearby Telenipara police outpost had started rescue efforts primarily and hours later, Kolkata Police's Disaster Management Group (DMG) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) joined the operation.

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"We have managed to save almost 30-35 people so far". "Three bodies have been fished out from water, while as twenty others were rescued by locals and police". "More than 50 people were present on the jetty when it got submerged". "Among the rescued passengers eight were admitted to the hospital".

West Bengal government has announced Rs 3 lakh for the family members of the dead and Rs 25,000 for those who have been injured.

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