Flyover Collapses in India Killing 14, Injuring 78 and Trapping 150 People

at 07:47 PM, 1 Apr 16 (1 year ago)
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India1No fewer than 14 people have been confirmed dead, over 70 seriously injured and 150 feared trapped after a portion of a flyover bridge that is under construction collapsed over taxis and other vehicles in the Indian city of Kolkata Thursday, 31 March.
Witnesses say rescuers are using their bare hands to try to save those caught under the rubble. Television footage shows people passing water bottles through to those who are crying out for help from beneath the debris.
One witness has told the New Delhi Television news channel (NDTV): “We heard a loud rumble and then saw a lot of dust in the sky.”
Another added: “The area was very, very crowded and there was a lot of traffic.
Reports said large concrete slabs from the construction site fell onto traffic below.
Heavy duty cranes have apparently been brought in to move the wreckage, but attempts have so far been unsuccessful.
india3According to Senior police officer Akhilesh Chaturvedi, 15 gravely injured people had been rescued.
“Most of them were terribly bleeding. The problem is that nobody is able to drive an ambulance close to the spot,” he added.
Some witnesses have been critical of the initial response; with one saying there appears to be very little co-ordination on the ground.Army officers and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been called in to help.
An NDRF official said the team is on their way to the site with all needed equipment, and that they are also pressing into service canines to assist rescuing people trapped inside.
BournIdentity at 07:32 PM, 3 Apr 16 (1 year ago)
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