KOLKATA: Flyover collapsed in the crowded area of kolkata,resulting massive damage including human being. At least 10 people were killed in Kolkata and around 150 were feared trapped after a flyover being constructed in the middle of a crowded commercial area in the city came crashing down on Thursday.
I think at least 150 people are under the debris,” a witness said.
The army was called in for what was turning out to be a colossal rescue effort. Firefighters and residents were seen trying with their bare hands to pull out those trapped under chunks of concrete and metal.
Television footage showed a bloody hand reaching out from under what appeared to be a massive girder. People were trying to hand bottles of water to survivors pinned underneath.
Challenged by huge blocks of metal, rescuers used cutters, drilling machines and sensors besides sniffer dogs.
“Monumental tragedy. Rescue ops on. Many feared dead,” tweeted Derek O’Brien, spokesperson of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress.
Along with some 300 army men, medical teams and ambulances had also been sent, said the defence ministry. Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force were also sent to the spot.
The 2-km flyover was being constructed at Burrabazar, a busy area in central Kolkata near the famous Ganesh Talkies. It has been under construction since 2009 and has missed several deadlines for completion.
“We heard a loud sound, like a bomb blast, and then saw a lot of smoke,” said a resident of the teeming area.
Mamata Banerjee cancelled her campaign for the upcoming state polls and rushed to the scene to survey the damage, as rival parties attacked her government.
Union Minister Babul Supriyo, one of the two BJP parliamentarians from Bengal, alleged that the flyover was not properly planned.