Mizoram: 17 killed after under-construction railway bridge collapses; VP Jagdeep Dhankhar expresses grief

In Mizoram, at least 17 workers were feared dead as an under-construction railway bridge over the Kurung River collapsed. The bridge connecting Bairabi to Sairang collapsed this morning. According to  reports the bodies of 16 victims have been recovered so far.  A rescue operation is underway.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the tragic incident. An ex-gratia of two lakh rupees from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund would be given to the next of kin of each deceased. 50 thousand rupees would be given to the injured.

 Meanwhile, Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar has expressed grief over the loss of lives due to the collapse of a bridge in Mizoram.

In a social media post, Mr. Dhankhar said, the loss of lives due to the bridge collapse in Mizoram is deeply saddening. He said, his thoughts go out to the victims, the injured, and their families. He prayed for the safety of the people for whom rescue operations are underway.

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