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India: Desperate search for survivors after deadly flyover collapse

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By Euronews
India: Desperate search for survivors after deadly flyover collapse

<p>A race against time is underway in India where dozens of people are feared trapped in the rubble of a collapsed flyover.</p> <p>Using whatever tools they have, hundreds of rescuers are frantically seeking survivors in the city of Kolkata, in an operation now led by the army.</p> <p>At least 20 people are known to have died when the concrete bridge, still under construction, crashed down in a busy commercial district on Thursday.</p> <p>The terrifying moment it happened was captured on <span class="caps">CCTV</span>. Video footage aired on TV channels showed a street scene with two auto rickshaws and a crowd of people suddenly obliterated by a mass of falling concrete that narrowly missed cars crawling in a traffic jam.</p> <p>Nearly 100 people were injured, many with multiple fractures and in a serious condition. </p> <p>The cause of the tragedy is unknown but India is no stranger to building collapses. </p> <p>Indian company <span class="caps">IVRCL</span>, the firm leading the construction project, insists it did not use substandard materials. </p> <p>“We did not use any inferior quality material and we will cooperate with the investigators,” <span class="caps">IVRCL</span>’s director of operations, A.G. K. Murthy told reporters in Hyderabad where the firm is based. </p> <p>“We are in a state of shock.”</p> <p>Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently visiting the United States, expressed his grief and shock on Twitter.</p> <br /> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Shocked & saddened by collapse of under construction flyover in Kolkata. Took stock of the situation & rescue operations.</p>— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/715488773803364352">31 mars 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in Kolkata. May the injured recover at the earliest.</p>— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/715489009384824832">31 mars 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>