The tragic incident in which 14 are feared dead when a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed on Thursday in busy north Kolkata, leaving scores of others trapped under the debris, has seen Samaritans springing into action on social media offering help.
People took to twitter to flash helpline numbers and donate blood. Here is a compilation of some helpful tweets.
— Prasanto K Roy (@prasanto) March 31, 2016
While 14 people are feared dead, more than a hundred people are trapped under the debris. The injured were rushed to the nearby hospitals including Kolkata Medical College and Hospital.
— Shah Rukh Bhakt. (@iSwarnendu) March 31, 2016
"Two persons were brought dead and two others were in serious condition," Kolkata Medical College and Hospital superintendent Sikha Banerjee said.
"More injured persons are still being brought in to the hospital," Banerjee said.
HELPLINE NUMBERS: 1070/ 22143526/ 22535185/ 22145664
#Kolkata— Pr()ud H!ND(_) G!rl (@nehalovesranbir) March 31, 2016
Pl contact 22485778 for blood and contact pradeep nayyar on 9830083467 pl infrm at marwari relief society hospital.
A blood donation camp has been organized by SFI / SYFI at the Maniktala Blood Bank from 5 pm. Folks do come forward. Emergency #Kolkata— Aparna Bhattacharya (@chhuti_is) March 31, 2016
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the site and directed the authorities to speed up the relief and rescue operations carried out by police, fire brigade and disaster management personnel.
The flyover, according to news channels, was supposed to be the longest in Kolkata connecting north Kolkata to Howrah on the fringes of the city. The flyover had been under construction since 2009 and had been delayed several times.
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