At least eight people have been killed when a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in busy north Kolkata. Latest reports say that at least 8 people have died and many are still feared trapped under the debris.
The collapse took place at around noon at the busy Rabindra Sarani-K K Tagore Street crossing near Burrabazar, the trading hub and one of the most congested areas in the city.
A number of hawkers operated from under the flyover which is also used for parking several vehicles.
Rescue operations are on in full swing. The Army too has joined in the rescue along with the NDRF.
Two teams of the NDRF comprising about 80 personnel have been rushed to the flyover collapse spot.
“The teams are well equipped to immediately conduct rescue operations,” DG Singh said.
Several injured persons were rescued from under the debris and were being sent to different hospitals in the vicinity.
“Two persons were brought dead and two others were in serious condition,” Kolkata Medical College and Hospital superintendent Sikha Banerjee said.
“More injured persons are still being brought in to the hospital,” Banerjee added.
Cutting short her campaign in West Midnapore district, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rushed back to the city to visit the site. She directed authorities to speed up the relief and rescue operations carried out by police, fire brigade and disaster management personnel.
Several passenger vehicles, including a bus, were trapped under the debris, as operations were on to clear the rubble and pull out people with the help of massive cranes.
West Bengal goes to polls on April 4. Campaign in on in full swing in Bengal, especially Kolkata.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is in West Bengal to campaign for the BJP, ordered the NDRF to engage all its resources in the rescue operations.
“My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased,” said Singh.
(With inputs from PTI)