Death toll rose to 34 in Darjeeling bridge collapse.

Darjeeling bridge collapseDarjeeling: The death toll in the Darjeeling bridge collapse rose to 34 on Sunday. Government announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for the relatives of the dead and has assured to bear the expenses of the treatment.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would be travelling to North Bengal on Sunday to visit the victims.

More than 60 people were injured when an old wooden footbridge over a spring gave way under the pressure of a crowd during a Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) meeting at Bijanbari in Darjeeling district.

The bridge, which had been weakened by the September 18 earthquake, distorted when a large number of people gathered on it for the GJM meeting.

North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb, who was at the spot, said that the rescue operation was on in full swing and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was individually examining and supervising it.

Gopal Roy, in-charge of the district disaster management, said that the rescue operation was being carried out by the personnel of the fire brigade, police and the disaster management department.

In the interim, an army spokesman said that it was sending a 40-member team of the Mountain Brigade, Darjeeling, along with a medical team, at Bijanbari at the request of the district magistrate.

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