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20 killed, 150 injured in flyover collapse in eastern India

At least 20 people have been killed and several more are feared dead as an under-construction flyover collapsed in a busy area in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata Thursday, a police official said.

Rescuers are on standby at the collapse site of an under-construction flyover in Kolkata, capital of eastern Indian state West Bengal, March 31, 2016. At least 20 people have been killed and more than 150 others injured in a under-construction flyover collapse in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata Thursday.

"Several bodies have been pulled out of the debris of the flyover. Dozens injured people have also been taken out by rescuers and rushed to a nearby hospital.

Efforts are on to rescue people, mainly the construction workers, who are feared, trapped under the debris," he said.

The body of a victim of the under-construction flyover collapse is transported to a local hospital in Kolkata, capital of eastern Indian state West Bengal.

Local TV channels reported, quoting eye-witnesses, that the flyover in central Kolkata collapsed after a loud rumble and then there was a lot of smoke.

"Disaster management officials and several policemen and fire personnel are at the spot where a large crowd of people have also gathered after the collapse. The local people are helping the rescuers in bringing out construction workers trapped under the debris," the official said.

By Robert Muriisa.

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