Today at 11 am, At least 17 workers were killed, and several others are feared trapped, after an under-construction railway bridge collapsed near Sairang area about 21 km from state capital Aizawl. Forty construction workers on the bridge at the time of the incident. “Seventeen bodies have been recovered from the debris so far…many others are still missing,” a police officer said.
The Sairang branch of Young Mizo Association is presently carrying out rescue operations.
“The bridge that collapsed was part of an Indian Railways project to connect all state capitals in the northeast region. It has been under construction for some years now. The incident happened around 11am. We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the accident and how many people actually were on it when it occurred,” officer of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), said.