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Kolkata flyover collapse kills at least 10 people with hundreds feared trapped

Published 31/03/2016

Locals and rescue workers clear the rubbles of a partially collapsed overpass in Kolkata, Thursday, March 31, (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Locals and rescue workers clear the rubbles of a partially collapsed overpass in Kolkata, Thursday, March 31, (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Locals and rescue workers clear the rubbles of a partially collapsed overpass in Kolkata, Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

At least ten people have been killed and more than a hundred are feared trapped after a flyover under construction collapsed in India.

Firefighters and residents were using their bare hands in a bid to rescue those trapped under the wreckage which came down near Girish Park in the eastern city of Kolkata on a busy road.

Reuters news agency reports that the flyover has been under construction since 2009 and has missed several deadlines for completion.

One witness has told the New Delhi Television news channel (NDTV): "We heard a loud rumble and then saw a lot of dust in the sky."

Another added: "The area was very, very crowded. Motorized rickshaws, taxis ... there was a lot of traffic."

Local footage has shown water bottles being handed to those trapped beneath the debris.

India's Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh has offered his condolences.

"(I am) deeply saddened to know that precious lives have been lost in the Kolkata accident.

"Spoke to DG NDRF who apprised me of the situation at the accident site in Kolkata. NDRF teams have been rushed to the spot for rescue ops."

It has been reported that construction projects in India have suffered safety issues in the past with frequent collapses.

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