At least 14 persons killed and more than 100 injured when a portion of a under construction flyover collapsed near Ganesh Talkies in Kolkata on Thursday afternoon. Eye-witnesses say that there could be around 150 people under the debris. The flyover was the object of some controversy, with lots of residents complaining about it, particularly due to the congestion it caused.
PM takes stock of rescue operations
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has taken stock of the situation and rescue operations following the collapse of an under construction flyover in Kolkata. The Prime Minister has expressed shock and sadness over the incident.
“Shocked and saddened by collapse of under construction flyover in Kolkata. Took stock of the situation and rescue operations.
My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in Kolkata. May the injured recover at the earliest”, the Prime Minister said.
Chief minister West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee
“I am requesting everyone to clear the area so that rescue operation can run smoothly… We have cancelled all our election meetings, and have come here. The guilty will be given strict punishment.”
Home minister Rajnath Singh
“Deeply saddened to know that precious lives have been lost in the Kolkata accident. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased”
MOs for home affairs, Kiren Rijiju
“Central forces are already there for relief and rescue operations. It is a joint effort and whatever help will be required further will also be made available… Sadly, the number of casualties is substantial and there are many more injured. We have to take care of the injured.”