Kolkata: At least 14 people have been killed and several injured after an under-construction flyover collapsed in North Kolkata near Ganesh Talkies (Girish Park), Thursday afternoon. Several are still trapped under the debris. The location of the bridge is in a densely populated locality in BarraBazar.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has arrived at the flyover collapse site. Kolkata Police, speaking to The Indian Express, said around thirty people have been rushed to hospitals and many more are yet to be rescued.
Rescue operations are currently underway and eye-witnesses at the site feared at least a 100 people could be trapped under debris. The Indian Army and teams of the NDRF have been pressed into service.
Eyewitness said they heard a loud explosion and then a crashing sound. “A cloud of smoke emerged from the collapse,” they said.
First visuals emerging from the flyover collapse site showed huge amounts of tangled metal and concrete. Helpline Number: 1070
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