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The army sent troops to the 40-year-old Majerhat bridge to conduct rescue operations as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to the victims, NDTV reported.

Currently, state disaster teams are at the spot and are trying to rescue those trapped with aid from locals.

News reports said more than 20 people were taken to hospital, and at least one person died, according to an official at Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial Hospital.

The bridge collapsed during peak hours of traffic and it is being feared that many people and vehicles might be trapped under the debris. This is the second bridge collapse in the city in the last two years. Fire brigade, police and NDRF personnel rushed to the spot and carried out rescue operation. They alleged that construction of the Metro railway in the neighbourhood using heavy machinery had weakened the structure. Locals said that even though the bridge had been painted blue and white - the colour of the Trinamool Congress government - it was dilapidated and had grass growing on its edges.

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Police confirmed the death of one person and said 19 others, including two women were injured. Traffic movement to and from Behala suburbs and South 24 Parganas district were hit.

The Majerhat bridge reportedly collapsed around 4:45pm. "The matter requires investigation", said the Governor. Rescue operations were on until late night.

Eastern Railway spokesperson RN Mahapatra said train services below the Majerhat bridge has resumed.

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A portion of the Majerhat road overbridge collapsed in Kolkata's Alipore area. "Hard to gauge enormity of tragedy as yet looking at visuals".

Opposition parties blamed the Trinamool Congress government and said its "callousness towards the fix of old bridges" was the main reason for the collapse.

An underconstruction flyover had collapsed in crowded Burrabazar area, the wholesale business hub of the city, on March 31, 2016 and had claimed 26 lives.

The bridge stood over rail tracks in an old part of the city.

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