At least two people were killed and five others were trapped under the under debris after an under-construction flyover collapsed in Bhubaneswar's Bomikhal area on Sunday afternoon.
One of the deceased has been reportedly identified as Satya Patnaik (40) of Jharpada. His daughter, Sheetal, who was also injured has been shifted to AIIMS.
According to reports, rescue teams with cranes and fire brigades were rushed to the spot. It quoted eyewitnesses as saying that around 30 labourers were working when the flyover collapsed at around 12.45 pm.
“Two senior engineers have been asked to visit the spot and conduct a detailed inquiry into the incident. Action will be taken against those who found guilty,” Works Secretary Nalinikant Pradhan told Kalinga TV.
The sudden collapse is being blamed on poor construction while political leaders are pointing fingers at Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik to take responsibility for the situation.
Congress leader Suresh Kumar Routray also alleged a deliberate negligence in order to "escalate the project cost for political funding".
Bhubaneswar: 2 people dead, 10 injured, 5 other trapped under debris after portion of a flyover collapsed in Bomikhal; rescue operation on pic.twitter.com/jijle1Hwdd— ANI (@ANI) September 10, 2017
1 dead, 4 injured after portion of under-construction flyover collapsed in Bomikhal; rescue ops on, confirms Bhubaneswar Police Commissioner pic.twitter.com/7ljvwTMHI2— ANI (@ANI) September 10, 2017
Rescue work almost over. Removal of debris underway.Will be shifted to other place by tomorrow morning. Culprits won't be spared: DGP Odisha pic.twitter.com/e0epHmsFjG— ANI (@ANI) September 10, 2017