Under-construction flyover collapses in Kolkata, 23 killed
Rescue operations are underway for those stuck under the debris of under construction flyover. (Photo: Twitter/ANI)
Five columns of the Army were rushed to the spot. They immediately joined in the rescue efforts; the personnel used their hands to break concrete slabs to rescue trapped people. (Photo: AP)
An Indian rescue worker gestures beside a mangled car which was recovered from the collapsed flyover. (Photo: AP)
Indian rescue workers search for bodies inside a mangled car recovered from the partially collapsed flyover. (Photo: AP)
Several killed and many injured on Thursday, after an under-construction bridge collapsed in Burrabazar, a bustling crowded market area in north Kolkata.
A portion of the ill-fated Vivekananda Setu which has been under construction since 2009 came crashing down at around 12.35 pm.
Police, fire brigade and disaster management personnel have rushed to the accident site and rescue operations are underway to save those trapped in the debris.
Many passenger vehicles, trucks and rickshaws were seen under the debris but it was not immediately known as to how many people were trapped.
Reports said that the flyover has been under construction since 2009 and missed several deadlines for completion.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was in Midnapore for election campaign, rushed to the accident spot to review the situation, cutting short her visit.
Police, fire brigade and disaster management personnel have rushed to the accident site and started rescue work. Cranes have been pressed to remove the debris. (Photo: Twitter/ANI)
NDRF Director General O P Singh said in Delhi that the teams are being sent from their local base at Rajarhat, near the Kolkata airport. (Photo: AP)
It was a powerful collapse, sent shivers down my spine, said another eyewitness, who looked visibly scared. (Photo: Twitter/ANI)
Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority was constructing the flyover. (Photo: Twitter/ANI)