Hooghly jetty collapse toll is 12
KOLKATA: The death toll in the collapse of a temporary jetty over West Bengal's Hooghly river has increased to 12, officials said on Friday.
As many as nine people are still missing following the collapse of the temporary wooden jetty at Telinipara ghat in Bhadreswar due to high tide on Wednesday.
"We have recovered more bodies since Thursday and the toll is 12 now," Hooghly Superintendent of Police Sukesh Jain said.
According to the police, passengers waiting to cross over to North 24 Parganas district fell into the river as the wooden structure collapsed.
The locals managed to save some passengers from drowning before rescuers and police reached the spot.