Kolkata, March 31: In a major mishap, an under-construction flyover in Kolkata near Ganesh Talkies came crashing down like a pack of cards, within seconds. The tragic incident took place on Thursday, March 31 afternoon.
The horrific video footage of debris and trapped people were broadcast on news channels, leaving everyone shocked. [Kolkata mishap: At least 17 killed after flyover collapses]
As of now, the death toll has reached 17 and over 100 injured even as the rescue work is going on in full swing. [Kolkata bridge was being made in hurry?]
Meanwhile, West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, who reached at the site of flyover collapse announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of the dead and Rs 2 lakh each for those critically injured as well as Rs 1 lakh for those who suffered minor injuries.
Prime MInister Narendra Modi, who is presently in US, also expressed grief over the tragic incident on Twitter.
From politicians to Bollywood celebrities and common people, tributes and condolences were expressed on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Here are some tweets:
Shocked & saddened by collapse of under construction flyover in Kolkata. Took stock of the situation & rescue operations.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 31, 2016
My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in Kolkata. May the injured recover at the earliest.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 31, 2016
PM has expressed his condolences to the families of those who died in Kolkata and praying for the lives of those trapped under the debris— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) March 31, 2016
Seven NDRF teams are doing rescue work at the site of under-construction flyover collapse in Kolkata and two more teams are en-route.— PIB India (@PIB_India) March 31, 2016
Had a telephonic conversation with the PM and apprised him of the rescue operations being carried out by the NDRF in Kolkata.— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) March 31, 2016
News of the collapse of a flyover in Kolkata extremely tragic. I hope rescue &relief ops reach those trapped and injured at the earliest— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) March 31, 2016
My heart goes out to the people who have lost loved ones in this tragedy— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) March 31, 2016
Distressed to learn about an under construction bridge collapse in Kolkata. Have instructed the WB unit to assist in the rescue operation.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 31, 2016
What happened in Kolkata stirs our conscience.We pray for the injured and extend our condolences to the victim's families— Ahmed Patel (@ahmedpatel) March 31, 2016
Very disturbing pictures from the Kolkata Collapsed flyover site ..My Prayers for all those who lost their lives & those injured!!— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) March 31, 2016
Saddened to hear of the bridge collapse in Kolkata.. Hope rescue reaches those trapped as soon as possible.. Helpline no 1070.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) March 31, 2016
My prayers are with those trapped under the collapse of the #kolkata flyover today; may the rescue operations be fast and efficient.— soha ali khan (@sakpataudi) March 31, 2016
Reports and images coming in from Kolkata are hugely depressing. I wonder if our system will ever hold anyone guilty of this negligence.— Amit Malviya (@malviyamit) March 31, 2016
NDRF personnel rescuing trapped victims in Flyover collapse incident at Kolkata pic.twitter.com/mH5eAK29vr— NDRF (@NDRFHQ) March 31, 2016
This is nightmarishly horrific. Prayers for the people still buried under the debris.— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) March 31, 2016