Kolkata flyover collapse: Death toll rises to 27 as more bodies found

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Apr 02, 2016 17:49 IST
A flyover under construction collapsed on Vivekananda Road in Kolkata on Friday. The military and National Disaster Response Force were called in to assist the Kolkata Police Disaster group and other city authorities to find survivors. (Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)

Relief efforts in Kolkata notched the death toll in the flyover collapse up to 27 on Saturday after two more bodies were found and a victim died at a hospital.

Police had recovered 23 bodies following the accident on Thursday when a section of the structure that was under construction caved in. On Friday evening, two more bodies were recovered from a truck, and one body was found in the rubble. However, a victim who was taken to the Marwari Relief Society Hospital died on Friday night.

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The collapse, one of the worst urban accidents in recent times, took place in a congested market area in central Kolkata in the afternoon, crushing and trapping people under the debris.

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Visuals of rescue work, the blood and suffering, played out on TV and newspapers, stoked politics in the state that goes to polls on Monday. Assembly elections have pitted the ruling Trinamool Congress against opposition parties like the Left–Congress alliance and BJP.

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Kolkata votes on April 25 and May 5 giving the opposition a month to step up pressure on the Trinamool, which has sought to deflect all blame. The flyover project however was sanctioned during the previous government under the Left.

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