KOLKATA FLYOVER TRAGEDY2016
At least 25 people were killed and more than 80 injured due to the collapse of an under construction 2.2-km-long Vivekananda Flyover in north Kolkata, on Thursday afternoon march 2016.
Around lunchtime,100-metre (330-ft) section collapsed suddenly on a crowded street ,smashing pedestrians and vehicles. There may be a chance of the death count to increase because some of the people inside vehicles were trapped under the collapsed bridge.
OFFICIALS REACTION TO THE INCIDENT in Kolkata
A day after another official of the company had dubbed it as an “act of God“.
“An act of God was just an expression only to describe that it is under no one’s control”, P Sita, the construction company’s legal team head, told reporters here.
K Panduranga Rao, group head (hr & admin) of the Hyderabad-based construction company IVRCL, which was contracted to build the Vivekananda Flyover flyover, had told reporters on Thursday, “it’s nothing but a God’s act. So far in 27 years we have constructed several number of bridges…such thing (collapse) never happened,”
“We are surprised and extremely shocked.
RESCUE OPERATIONS in Kolkata,Army into the Kolkata city
The army started rescue operations
The National Disaster2016 Response Force deployed five of its teams.Specialist rescue teams armed with concrete and metal cutters, drilling machines, sensors to detect life and sniffer dogs arrived around 2 p.m. But many of those engaged in the rescue appeared to be ordinary people who were seen trying to pull away concrete slabs with their bare hands.
Rescue Team at Kolkatta
Workers struggled to get cranes and other large machinery through the narrow streets of Burrabazar, one of the oldest and most congested parts of the city. “We have deployed five columns of personnel along with a team of engineers. A medical team from the Command Hospital is also at the spot,” Ministry of Defence spokesperson Wing Commander S. S. Birdi said.