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Darjeeling, October 23, 2011
The death toll in last evening's bridge collapse in Darjeeling district of West Bengal rose to 32 today with people and rescuers looking for survivors at the site as many people were still missing, official sources said.
Inspector General of Police, North Bengal, Daniel Tsering Lepcha told UNI today that so far 32 people were killed and nearly 100 injured when a wooden suspension bridge collapsed, hurling some 150 people nearly sixty feet down into the Rangit river at around 1830 hours last evening.
Bijanbari, which is connected to Chongtong, is some 40 kms south of Darjeeling town.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is being continuously updated about the disaster, had asked North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb to rush to the spot. Mr Deb arrived here today from Kolkata and left for the site.
All top officials are at the site to oversee the rescue operation, sources added.