High tide wrecks Hooghly jetty, 3 die

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.

Of the three dead, two have been identified as Raja Chaudhary and Manas Ghosh, both residents of Chandanagar in the district, according to Bhadreswar municipality chairman Manoj Upadhyay. Bodies of a man and a woman were recovered on Thursday after a night-long rescue operation, police sources said. About 10,000 persons use the jetty everyday.

Jain said that local people told the police that the jetty had been in bad shape and needed fix. Sources said that 35 persons who had been rescued were taken to Chandannagar sub-divisional hospital.

Disaster management Group and Fire Brigade were pressed into action to rescue the people. Sources said that some people managed to swim to safety. Rescue operations were on. People also alleged that there had been no warning of high tide.

A press statement from Raj Bhavan stated, "The governor expresses his anxiety over the missing of about 12 passengers because of break down of a jetty at Telinipara, Bhadreshwar, due to high tide".

Hours after the crash, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh for the kin of those killed in the accident and a compensation of Rs. 25,000 for the injured.

  • Joanne Flowers