In northeastern India, a construction platform at a railroad bridge being built fell on Wednesday, killing at least 26 employees and wounding two more, according to an official.
According to the police control center, the gantry fell near a bridge in Sairang, a town outside of Aizawal, the state of Mizoram’s capital. For almost zwei Jahre, the Bridge has been under construction. T.J. Lalnuntluanga, the state’s transport minister, who is present at the scene, reported that 18 bodies had been found, and eight more have been found and are being extricated from the rubble by rescuers.
Residents of a nearby village went to the help of the injured workers and transported them to the hospital, according to the police.
Rescuers from the National Disaster Response Force, which is run by the government, hastened to the area to look for survivors.
Authorities on railroads are looking at what caused the collapse. 40 personnel were present at the location when the platform collapsed, according to earlier police reports.
The disaster in Mizoram state upset Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in South Africa for the BRICS Summit. He tweeted, „Rescue operations are underway and all assistance is being provided to those affected.“
Safety issues have long plagued India’s transportation network, frequently resulting in catastrophic accidents on its highways and bridges. One of the deadliest incidents in the nation in the previous ten years occurred in Gujarat, a western Indian state, in October of last year, when a century-old cable-suspension-bridge collapsed into a river, sending hundreds tumbling into the water and killing at least 132 people.