18 dead as rail bridge collapses in Mizoram

Syllabus: Security and Disaster Management

Context

A railway bridge under construction over the Kurung river in Mizoram collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least 18 workers.

Pillars intact

  • According to the Railway Ministry, the girder was designed by the Paris-headquartered STUP Consultants and proof-checked by experts from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.
  • Railway officials said the pillars of the bridge, the tallest of which is 95 metres, were intact.
  • Grieved by the unfortunate incident in Mizoram. National Disaster Response Force, State administration and railway officials are at the site. Rescue operation on war footing.

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