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At least 21 people dead after flyover in India collapses

By Staff Reporter

A long section of an under-construction road overpass collapsed on a crowded neighbourhood in India yesterday, leaving at least 21 dead and scores more injured.

Rescuers in Kolkata used saws, small cranes and their bare hands to dig through the wreckage in search of survivors.

It was not immediately clear how many people were missing.

Resident Yogesh Sharma (23) was sitting at a small roadside tea stand with friends when the overpass, which spanned nearly the width of the city street and was designed to ease traffic through the densely crowded Bara Bazaar neighbourhood, "came down with a huge crashing sound".

"I left my cup of tea and ran," he said. "I was crying at the spot."

Smashed yellow taxis, destroyed rickshaws and the bloody legs of trapped people jutted from the collapsed girders and concrete slabs.

The fallen sections of the overpass totalled around 100 metres, with many other parts still standing.

Mamta Banerjee, the top elected official of West Bengal state, said a private builder had missed several deadlines for completing construction.

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