24 dead as Kolkata flyover collapses


At least 24 people have died in Kolkata and 75 have been injured in the collapse on Thursday of a flyover under construction in a crowded commercial area. Rescuers worked through the night with cranes, saws and jackhammers to look for those trapped in debris.

     Here are 10 developments in the story:

  1. Around 90 people were saved after a 100-metre length of the flyover came crashing down on pedestrians and vehicles on a road in Burrabazaar, one of the city's oldest and busiest areas.
  2. CCTV visuals showed the moment when the bridge suddenly collapsed on moving traffic during lunchtime, crushing pedestrians, cars and other vehicles under huge concrete slabs and metal.
  3. "The rescue operation is in the final stages. Chances of finding survivors are low," said an official for the National Disaster Response Force.
  4. Most suffered multiple fractures and are in a critical condition, Mr Shekhawat said, adding that an unknown number of people still trapped under the wreckage.
  5. Army and disaster response personnel sifted through the rubble overnight armed with concrete and metal cutters, drilling machines and heat sensors to detect life.
  6. But three cranes working overnight managed to clear some of the wreckage and free access to vehicles with people still believed to be trapped inside.
  7. Hyderabad-based IVRCL group, which was contracted to build the flyover, called its collapse an "act of God". Its office has been sealed and a case has been registered against the company.
  8. The 2 km bridge has been under construction since 2009 and has missed several deadlines for completion.
  9. The company was given an 18-month deadline and a budget of nearly Rs. 165 crore to complete the project in 2009, but after seven years only about 60 percent of the work has been done.
  10. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said those responsible for the disaster would not be spared and blamed the previous Left government that had awarded the flyover contract in 2007.

Posted By: chandrika

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