Toll rises to 13, eight still missing

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WITH THE recovery of seven more bodies from Hooghly River on Friday and three on Thursday, the toll in the jetty collapse incident in Bhadreswar rose to 13.

Earlier on Wednesday noon, a temporary jetty reportedly submerged in Hooghly river (Ganges), after being hit by a high tide, at Telenipara area under Bhadreswar Police Station limits in West Bengal's Hooghly district. Two bodies of women were recovered today, Superintendent of Police, Sukesh Jain said.

The accident took place 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.

The locals managed to save some passengers from drowning before rescuers and police reached the spot.

"We have managed to save almost 30-35 people so far". About 20 people, who were injured, have been hospitalized. "Rescue operations are underway as eight people are still missing", Jain told The Indian Express. "The central disaster management team, water police and fire brigade personnel are still running the rescue operation", the officer said.

The National Disaster Response Force has been pressed into action, while Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced ex-gratia compensation.