Kolkata Flyover Tragedy: The Rescue Operation Is In Last Phase

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Piku Mukherjee: The relief and rescue operations in full swing in flyover site, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) DIG SS Guleria on Friday said. He added to his speech that the chances of finding any survivors are remote. The operations continued throughout the night.As many as 10 NDRF teams are working here. All are engaged with works but the load of gadders is too heavy which creates little bit of difficulty.  POSTA-FLYOVER-2ND-DAY-001

The DIG claimed that the operation is in its last phase and their first priority is to ensure ensured that there are no dead bodies trapped under the debris. The ninety percent work is over and ten percent is going under process. CRPF Jawans, Army, NDRF, Kolkata police all are engaged to clean the site as soon as possible.

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An IPS officer said that there is lower possibility of dead bodies under the debris. But in morning one body of lady with bike was recovered and one still under in truck. The material of the collapsed portion of flyover sent for forensic judge, he added.

The other damaged portion also will be removed with seriousness, said NDRF. After clear the four point crossing they will think for next step. A worker of NDRF said that they don’t have heavy crane and equipment but all will come. All may clear in two or three days.

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The West Bengal government ordered a high-level probe into the tragedy that triggered a blame game with the opposition accusing the Mamata Banerjee government of callousness. CCTV footage showed people, cars, autorickshaws and hawkers buried under the collapsed structure, while some trying to flee the spot were also trapped. The footage also caught a bloodied hand from under a girder gesturing for help as people handed over water bottles to survivors trapped underneath.

Five columns of Army personnel (about 300 in number) along with NDRF, state disaster management, city police and fire brigade personnel joined in the rescue operations.

Photographer-Mitul Das.

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