31 Mar '16, 10pm

Indian workers battle to rescue victims trapped under collapsed #Kolkata flyover

Indian workers battle to rescue victims trapped under collapsed #Kolkata flyover

KOLKATA: Hundreds of emergency workers in India battled on Thursday (Mar 31) evening to rescue dozens of people still trapped after a flyover collapsed onto a busy street, killing at least 22 people and injuring nearly 100. The flyover was under construction when a 100-metre section collapsed suddenly onto a crowded street in the eastern city of Kolkata around lunchtime, crushing pedestrians, cars and other vehicles under huge concrete slabs and metal. "The death toll has risen to 22," Javed Ahmed Khan, disaster management minister for the state of West Bengal, told AFP. Anil Shekhawat, a spokesman for the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), said seventeen survivers out of 92 rescued were still undergoing treatment at hospital. Most suffered multiple fractures and were in a critical condition, Shekhawat added, saying that the death toll was expected to rise, with an u...

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