3 killed after high tide submerges jetty in eastern India

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With the recovery of eight more bodies on Friday, death count in the Hooghly river jetty collapse has raised to fourteen while at least 10 others are still untraceable, officials said.

Witnesses said the old and poorly-maintained structure gave way when it was hit by the waves. "Three bodies have been fished out from water, while as twenty others were rescued by locals and police".

The jetty collapsed during high tide at around 11.30 am on Wednesday.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh for the kin of those killed in the accident and a compensation of Rs. 25,000 for the injured.

Police divers were looking for the missing people till late in the afternoon, district officials said.

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The jetty was located in Bhadreswar of Hooghly district, about 41 km north of Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal.

The four jetties near the incident spot have been kept closed for the time being, a source said.

On Thursday, the local residents had taken out a protest rally, demanding immediate renovation of several jetties at Bhadreswar.

On January 16 this year, at least six elderly pilgrims died while returning from the Gangasagar fair.

Many people survived by swimming towards the shore.

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