PM, Rajnath express grief over Kolkata flyover collapse

Washington, March 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday expressed grief over the collapse of a flyover in Kolkata, in which 14 people were killed.

The prime minister, who is in Washington, US, also reviewed the rescue operations.

“Shocked and saddened by collapse of under construction flyover in Kolkata. Took stock of the situation and rescue operations,” Modi said in a tweet.

“My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in Kolkata. May the injured recover at the earliest,” he said in another tweet.

At least 14 people were killed and over 100 injured in Kolkata when a portion of the under-construction flyover collapsed on Thursday, burying several vehicles.

Expressing grief Rajnath Singh tweeted, “Deeply saddened to know that precious lives have been lost in the Kolkata accident. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.”

The home minister later told reporters that a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been sent to the site of the accident.

“The team must have reached there. This is an unfortunate incident and I express condolence from the depth of my heart,” he said.

At least 14 people were killed and a hundred others injured when a portion of the flyover, still under construction, collapsed in Kolkata.