15 killed, many trapped in overpass collapse in India


“At this moment no one has any clue how many people are trapped”, said Raichand Mohta, a police officer at the scene. State administration said that injured people are being taken to the nearest hospitals and the rescue forces are trying to get as many people as they can who are still trapped inside the flyover’s wreckage.At least 14 people were killed and many others injured when a portion of the flyover collapsed in Kolkata.No fewer than 22 persons were killed on Thursday after a bridge under construction in Kolkata, India, collapsed.A highway bridge under construction in the eastern city of Kolkata (Calcutta), India collapsed on to traffic under it, killing at least 18 people.Construction of the flyover had started in 2009, but the project has missed several deadlines for completion.Indian company IVRCL was building the 2km Vivekananda Road flyover, according to its website, and its director of operations, AGK Murthy, said the company was unsure of the cause of the disaster.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Washington at the time of the collapse, called Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the top elected official of West Bengal state, to express grief at the tragedy and pledge federal support.”I left my cup of tea and ran”, said Sharma, a 23-year-old resident of the Bara Bazaar neighbourhood, the Associated Press reported.Angry locals vented their ire against the West Bengal government’s “feeble” attempts to rescue the injured from the debris. But more people were still feared trapped.Witnesses said a number people and vehicles, including two buses carrying more than 100 passengers and several taxis, were under the span when it came down. As people and rescue equipment were not enough for some victims to be saved due to the massive effort necessary, the Army sent cranes, gas cutters and proper equipment to help the authorities on the site to clear the road intersection from the rubble.Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he was monitoring the situation adding that he was “deeply saddened to know that precious lives have been lost in the Kolkata accident”.The disaster is the latest in a string of deadly construction accidents in India, where enforcement of safety rules is weak and substandard materials are often used.”The president wished for “speedy recovery” of the injured”. However, the company was widely criticized after another senior employee, named only as Dilip, described the incident as “a total act of God”.