Chances of finding Kolkata flyover collapse survivors remote, says NDRF

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Kolkata | Published: April 1, 2016 10:36:15 AM

With relief and rescue operations in full swing in the Kolkata flyover collapse tragedy in Girish Park on Thursday, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Friday said that the chances of finding any survivors is remote.

With relief and rescue operations in full swing in the Kolkata flyover collapse tragedy in Girish Park on Thursday, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Friday said that the chances of finding any survivors is remote.

“The Kolkata flyover collapse operations continued throughout the night. As many as 10 NDRF teams are working there…. Possibility of finding anyone alive is very very remote,” Director General of NDRF, O.P. Singh said.

Meanwhile, NDRF DIG, S.S. Guleria said that the operation is in its last phase, adding that their first priority is to ensure ensured that there are no dead bodies trapped under the debris.

“Some debris being removed and it is being insured that there are no dead bodies under the debris…Now the operation is only for the recovery of dead bodies and removal of debris…As per the reports available here, 23 persons are dead so far,” he said.

The death toll in Kolkata flyover collapse tragedy that took place in North Kolkata’s Girish Park area has risen to 23.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had last evening confirmed that 21 had died and 85 others injured in the mishap.

The Kolkata flyover collapse rescue work has been going on war footing. The military and NDRF teams are using heavy earth movers and gas cutting paraphernalia to complete the operation as soon as possible but several more hours will be needed to clear the debris.

The state government has announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs five lakh to next of kin of the victims and Rs two lakh to gravely injured people.

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