14 Dead and 150 Injured in India Flyover Collapse

Rescuers in India are desperately trying to save many people still trapped beneath a concrete flyover after it collapsed in the Indian city of Kolkata. 

Witnesses at the scene say that rescuers are using their bare hand to try and rescue those caught beneath the rubble.

Heavy duty cranes have been brought in to move the wreckage but so far they have been unsuccessful.

Construction of the 2km (1.2 mile) flyover was supposed to be completed three years ago, but it has been delayed several times.

The region’s chief minister,¬†Mamata Banerjee, who is seeking re-election next month, is already facing tough questions over who is responsible for the tragedy.

A newspaper reported last year that she wanted the project finished by February, but project engineers expressed concern over whether this would be possible.

Building collapses are common in India, partly because of the poor enforcement of regulations and the use of substandard materials.

More to follow.

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