Update: Death Toll Rises to 23 In Kolkata

Picture of rescue operation in Kolkata, India (Photo credit to Al Jazeera.com)
Picture of rescue operation in Kolkata, India (Photo credit to Al Jazeera.com)

23 people have been confirmed dead and dozens were still trapped under the rubble of the under-construction overpass that collapsed in the busy Burrabazar area of Kolkata in India.  Emergency workers in eastern city of Kolkata searched through the night for survivors underneath a collapsed flyover.

Rescuers were using sniffer dogs and special cameras to find trapped people and used saws, small cranes, and their bare hands to dig through the wreckage in search of victims.

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

Al Jazeera’s Divya Gopalan, reporting from Kolkata, said the accident occurred in a “very busy area and the rescue operation is too slow”. She said, heavy machinery, crane, diggers are trying to break through the large slab of the flyover that has fallen to the ground to rescue people trapped under the rubble.

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