– A bridge has collapsed in the Indian city of Kolkata
– The bridge was said to be under construction as of the time
– About 15 people have been reported killed
– More than 100 people remain unaccounted for
– Death toll is feared to rise as rescue operations are ongoing
An under-construction bridge collapsed Thursday in the Indian city of Kolkata, crushing vehicles below it, killing 15 people and leaving dozens more missing.
Authorities have said that more than 100 people were unaccounted for after the incident, which occurred in a busy commercial area north of the city’s center.
However, authorities stressed that just because people have been reported missing doesn’t mean they’re trapped — it just means their whereabouts and conditions weren’t immediately known.
In reaction to the ugly incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he is “Shocked and saddened by collapse of under construction flyover in Kolkata,”.
He tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives in Kolkata. May the injured recover at the earliest.”
CNN reaports that India’s army has deployed four columns of rescue personnel, this is according to a tweet from a representative of the Indian Ministry of Defense. Three medical teams with two ambulances, doctors and nursing assistants are also there.
And the National Disaster Response Force has five teams at the site, with two more on the way.
More details shortly.
Culled from: https://www.naij.com/783874-breaking-15-feared-dead-bridge-collapse-kolkata-photos-video.html?source=breaking