All help being provided at Kolkata flyover crash site: Rijiju

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said all possible help is being provided to the West Bengal government in the rescue and relief operations at the flyover collapse site in Kolkata.

“Central forces are already there for relief and rescue operations. It is a joint effort and whatever help will be required further will also be made available,” Rijiju said.

He said providing relief to the survivors was the first priority.

“Two National Disaster Response Force teams are already there and, if necessary, more teams will be sent. Sadly, the number of casualties is substantial and there are many more injured. We have to take care of the injured,” he added.

The home ministry is the nodal ministry to handle disaster situations and run relief operations.

Rijiju said all necessary help, including monetary assistance, would be released immediately.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said 14 people were killed when a portion of the flyover under construction here collapsed on Thursday afternoon, burying several vehicles.

At least 17 others were injured.

She announced a compensation of Rs.5 lakh each to the families of the dead, Rs.2 lakh each for the critically injured and Rs.1 lakh for those with minor injuries.

Rahul Gandhi condoles deaths in flyover collapse

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday condoled the deaths in the “extremely tragic” flyover collapse in Kolkata.

“News of the collapse of a flyover in Kolkata extremely tragic. I hope rescue and relief operations reach those trapped and injured at the earliest,” Gandhi tweeted.

“My heart goes out to the people who have lost loved ones in this tragedy,” he said in another tweet.

Fourteen people were killed when a portion of the flyover under construction collapsed.

At least 17 others were injured and taken to hospital, said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Army begins rescue work at Kolkata flyover crash site (Lead)

Kolkata, March 31 (IANS) The army has deployed four columns to rescue people trapped under a flyover under construction that collapsed here on Thursday, an official said.

“There are three medical teams with two ambulances and surgeons as well as nursing assistants. An engineer team has also reached with specialist equipment,” a defence ministry spokesman said here.

The West Bengal government sought army help after the disaster left at least 14 people dead and 70 injured.

In New Delhi, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General O.P. Singh said two of its teams were at the spot. “More teams are being mobilized,” he said.

The state government has opened an Emergency Operations Centre, which is functioning at the state secretariat. The contact number is 1070.

Another control room with number 0332145326 has also been opened.

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