Kolkata flyover crash: Death toll reaches 23

Kolkata: At least 23 people were killed and over a dozen people were injured on Thursday when an under-construction flyover crashed in North Kolkata's Girish Park area.   The army was called in to assist in the rescue operation that continued throughout the night.

Nearly 500 army men that included 10 military medical teams, ambulances, paramedics, rescue teams with sophisticated gas cutters and cranes, besides police, disaster response teams and fire brigade personnel transported the badly injured as well as nearly dying to hospitals an extricated corpses.

The soldiers are using specialized equipment to rescue those trapped under tonnes of steel and concrete, a defence ministry spokesman said.

A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) official put the number of injured around 100.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed "shock" over the tragedy. "My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives," he tweeted. "May the injured recover at the earliest."

News24 Bureau