The toll on Wednesday's jetty collapse at Bhadreswar in the Hooghly has risen to 12 so far with seven more bodies fished out by the divers and disaster management group experts, even as search operation continued to trace out the missing persons, official sources said today.
According to reports, rescue operators recovered six bodies in the morning and more two in the afternoon from Hooghly river (Ganges).
NDRF Deputy Commandent (Kolkata) Abhay Kumar Singh said, "Various factors like tides and poor visibility are hampering the rescue operation".
After this incident state government has assured to give compensation of Rs. 3 lakh to died people and to the injured people Rs. 25,000/. Thirteen people are being treated at Chandananagar subdivisional hospital, said police. "We have to first find out whose fault it was", said a police official.
Sources told DNA that that there were around 16,000 boats that operating illegally.
Heavy rain and flooding possible this weekend
This front is not expected to move into the Lehigh Valley area until later Saturday , then sink to the south Saturday night . New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible, and higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms.
The jetty collapsed during high tide at around 11.30 am on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the local residents had taken out a protest rally, demanding immediate renovation of several jetties at Bhadreswar.
The accident occurred when the passengers bound for Shyamnagar in North 24 Parganas district were waiting at the 150-feet high bamboo jetty at Telinipara for boarding a launch to cross the river.
About three bodies were recovered immediately after the incident.