Hyderabad: Around 30 people were feared dead and another 20 injured after an under-construction flyover collapsed in Hyderabad's busy Panajagutta area late Sunday evening.
The flyover had been under-construction for the past one year, and was to be inaugurated this December.
Sources told CNN-IBN that the number of dead could be 30 at the city’s NIMS Hospital and Apollo Hospital, by late Sunday night.
Four injured were taken to the city's Apollo Hospital. After hours of cutting through the concrete slabs, only two bodies had been recovered from the debris by 23:00 hours IST. A total of nine vehicles were still trapped out of which, 3 were autorickshaws and 9 cars.
DCP West Zone Madhusudhan Reddy, who was at the spot when the flyover gave way said, the death toll could rise because a number of rescued people could not be taken to the hospital immediately due to the massive traffic jam that followed.
“I was in the vicinity when the flyover collapsed. I was baffled to see the huge concrete beam falling down on a car. The death toll may rise because we can see a number of vehicles trapped under the debris,” said DCP West Zone Madhusudhan Reddy.
Police had to lathi charge to disperse the crowd.
“Ambulances have been called. The death count may rise because there are a number of vehicles trapped under the debris. Gas cutting machines have been called to clear the chunks of concrete,” said Police Commissioner of Hyderabad, Balwinder Singh.
The flyover, according to sources, collapsed because its construction was not of good quality, which could not stand the rains.
Also a major concern for the authorities was the damaged part of the flyover, which is still barely standing and may fall down anytime soon unless it is demolished properly using cranes and bulldozers.
Though Chief Minister Y S Rajashekar Reddy rushed to the spot, excessive crowding forced him to return. The police had to divert the traffic from the busy commercial area.
Punjagutta is an important commercial & residential area in Hyderabad, India. The shopping mall, Hyderabad Central is located here. It is also a major transit point for traffic going towards Ameerpet (a commercial hub) and S R Nagar (residential area).