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Toll rises to 13, eight still missing

Toll rises to 13, eight still missing”

Kolkata: At least three persons died and 13 others were still missing after a temporary jetty on the Hooghly river collapsed in Hooghly district of West Bengal on Wednesday, the police said.

Witnesses said the old and poorly-maintained structure gave way when it was hit by the waves. "More than 50 people were present on the jetty when it got submerged". The NDRF personnel, who have been carrying out searches in 20 speed boats, found the bodies from near Jagaddal, Shyamnagar, Chandan Nagar and Gaurhati ghats along both sides of the river.

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The National Disaster Response Force has been pressed into action, while Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced ex-gratia compensation.

The incident took place on Wednesday after a portion of a jetty made of wood and bamboo collapsed in high tide.

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Search operation being carried out after the collapse of a jetty at Bhadreswar in West Bengal on Wednesday.

On Thursday, locals staged a demonstration demanding that the jetties be repaired and renovated with immediate effect. People at the spot claimed that there was a stampede but the state government attributed the deaths to "heart attack".

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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.



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