At least 22 workers have died after an under-construction railway bridge collapsed over a ravine in a remote village in India.
According to the French news agency AFP, the authorities have expressed fear of the deaths of four more workers.
The incident took place in Sirang, a town about 20 km (12 mi) northwest of Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram state.
A video has been shared by the Chief Minister of Mizoram Zormuthanga. In which it can be seen that the steel rebar of the under-construction bridge fell into the jungle.
He wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that ‘this tragedy has made him very sad.’
He said that he is grateful to those who helped in the rescue operation.
According to the North Eastern Railway Department, ’40 labourers were working at the site of the accident.’
An employee of the Railway Department said on condition of anonymity that ’22 bodies have been recover. From the wreckage of railway bridge while four others are missing.’
A committee has been form to investigate the accident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office has said that rescue operations are ongoing and assistance is being provided to the victims.
The government will give $2,400 to the families of those killed in the accident.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vishnu has also announced relief money for the dead and injured.
Building collapses occur during monsoons (June and September) in India.
At least 20 workers were killed in western India this month when a crane collapsed on an under-construction motorway outside the financial capital of Mumbai.
Last year, at least 137 people were kill when a bridge collapsed in the state of Gujarat.
In 2016, at least 26 people were kill when a flyover collapsed on a busy road in Kolkata.