An under-construction railway bridge collapsed near Sairang area of Mizoram on Wednesday, killing at least 17 workers and injuring several others, according to police.
Many are feared trapped at the site with reports saying around 35 to 40 workers were present when the incident occurred around 10 am, reported PTI.
Police said 17 bodies were recovered from the debris so far from the site, which is about 21 km from Aizawl.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said rescue is under progress. "Deeply saddened and affected by this tragedy. I extend my deepest condolences to all the bereaved families and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured. Sending gratitude to the people who have come out in large numbers to help with rescue operations," the CM tweeted on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured. "Pained by the bridge mishap in Mizoram. Condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. May the injured recover soon. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being given to those affected. An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased. Rs. 50,000 would be given to the injured," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has announced Rs 10 lakh compensation for the relatives of deceased workers and an ex gratia compensation of Rs 50,000 for those who suffered minor injuries. He tweeted, "Grieved by the unfortunate incident in Mizoram. NDRF, state administration and railway officials are at the site. Rescue operation on war footing. Ex-gratia compensation: ?10 Lakh in case of death, ?2 Lakh towards grievous and ?50,000 for minor injuries."