No more bodies expected to be retrieved from Kolkata flyover rubble: Army

No more bodies expected to be retrieved from Kolkata flyover rubble: Army

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-04-01 13:02 Kolkata: Asserting that their teams have been working relentlessly to clear the debris of a Kolkata flyover, which collapsed yesterday, the Army on Friday said that no more bodies are expected to be retrieved under the rubble. A statement issued by the army said that their main aim now is to restore normalcy in the affected area by removing rubble and clearing the road. "The army rescue teams have been operating throughout the night along with the teams from civil defence, police and the NDRF, trying to remove the debris from the affected area. The focus of operations is now on debris removal and clearance of the road so that normalcy is restored. As of this morning no more bodies are expected to be found under the rubble. The GOC Bengal Area (Lt. Gen Rajeev Tewary) is monitoring the progress of the Army teams closely," the Army statement said. The death toll in yesterday's flyover collapse that took place in Girish Park area has risen to 24 as per latest reports. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had last evening confirmed that 21 had died and 85 others injured in the mishap. The 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. (ANI)