kolkata

An under construction bridge has collapse in West Bengal state of India leaving 21 people killed and 85 wounded.

Several people are still trapped under the debris of the bridge located in the densely populated locality in Barra Bazar, northern part of Kolkata city.

More than 150 army personnel were sent to assist the rescue teams trying to rescue those trapped under the debris of the collapse flyover which was under construction since 2009.

Residents of the area assisted the rescue operation with their bare hands and were passing water to the survivors.

A 140-tonne crane was brought to lift the concrete slab of the flyover but it was unable to remove it under which several people have been trapped.

NDTV reports that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, seeking re-election next month, rushed to the scene to survey the damage. She faces tough questions over who was responsible.

According to NDTV, The Telegraph reported last November that MS. Banerjee wanted the project – already years late – to be completed by February and that the project engineers expressed concerns over whether this would be possible.