Mizoram: 17 Workers Killed After Under-Construction Railway Bridge Collapses In Sairang Area, PM Modi Announces Ex-Gratia

Around 35-40 workers were present at the site of the collapsed under-construction bridge in Mizoram. Several are feared to be trapped.

Under-construction railway bridge collapses in Sairang area of Mizoram on Wednesday

At least 17 workers were killed on Wednesday after an under-construction railway bridge collapsed near near Sairang area in Mizoram. 

The police said that around 35-40 workers were present at the site at the time of the collapse and several are feared trapped. 

The site of crash is around 21 km from Mizoram's capital Aizawl. The incident happened around 10 am.

“Seventeen bodies have been recovered from the debris so far... many others are still missing,” a police officer told PTI.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the family members of the deceased, and announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of the victims.

“Pained by the bridge mishap in Mizoram. Condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. May the injured recover soon. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being given to those affected. An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased. Rs. 50,000 would be given to the injured,” the Prime Minister’s Office said on X.

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said he was deeply saddened over the loss of lives in the incident, and expressed gratitude to all those who helped in the rescue operation.

“Under construction railway over bridge at  Sairang, near Aizawl collapsed today; atleast 17 workers died: Rescue under progress. Deeply saddened and affected by this tragedy. I extend my deepest condolences to all the bereaved families and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured. Sending gratitude to the people who have come out in large numbers to help with rescue operations,” he posted on X.