Army begins rescue work at Kolkata flyover crash site

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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