Bengal jetty collapse toll rises to 13

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Kolkata: Three people died and at least 15 were injured when a portion of a makeshift bamboo jetty collapsed in river Ganga during high tide on Wednesday morning at Telinipara in West Bengal's Bhadreswar.

"We have recovered more bodies since Thursday and the toll is 12 now", Hooghly Superintendent of Police Sukesh Jain told IANS. Rescue operations were on. 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.

The four jetties near the incident spot have been kept closed for the time being, a source said.

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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To discuss the matter, the state administration on Friday held a high-level meeting at Nabanna in the presence of state's Chief Secretary and transport secretary.

The meeting was attended by all senior officials of Hooghly district and other departments concerned. The government is likely to upgrade them to semi-mechanised boats, they added.

A local resident, Rakesh Gupta, told the media that despite repeated appeals, the administration did not care to fix the jetty for a long time.

Search operation being carried out after a jetty collapsedat Bhadreswar in West Bengal on Wednesday. Three bodies were recovered.