WATCH: India flyover collapses, multiple casualties

2016-03-31 13:08

Kolkata - At least 14 people were killed and another 70 injured when a flyover collapsed in a busy Indian city on Thursday, an official said.

"The rescue operation is still on as many people are trapped under the debris," said National Disaster Management Authority spokesman Anurag Gupta as he confirmed the deaths in Kolkata to AFP.

According to AP, Army troops joined efforts to rescue those trapped inside vehicles that lay under massive concrete blocks and metal debris. Huge cranes and other rescue vehicles reached the site to clear the rubble.

The Press Trust of India news agency, quoting police sources, put the death toll at eight. More than 40 injured were admitted to two hospitals in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state, hospital officials said.

"The area was very, very crowded. Motorised rickshaws, taxis, there was a lot of traffic," one witness told the New Delhi Television news channel, or NDTV.

Another added: "We heard a loud rumble and then saw a lot of dust in the sky."

Television images showed the bloody legs of some of the trapped people jutting out of the collapsed girders and concrete slabs

In addition to army troops, personnel of the National Disaster Response Force also worked on the scene in Bara Bazaar, a busy residential and shopping area in central Kolkata.

OP Singh, the NDRF chief, said the operation was a "very, very challenging task."

Building collapses are common in India, where builders use poor enforcement of regulation.

-AP, AFP

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