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India Kolkata flyover collapse: A recurring tragedy

Posted by on April 1, 2016

Firstly, my thoughts goes out to the people of Kolkata in India to those affected by the recent flyover tragedy and with the families of those who lost their lives. I understand that rescue efforts are continuing all night and emergency teams have been sent with sniffer dogs, concrete cutters, drilling machines and sensors to detect life. My concern is not only for the immediate safety of the victims, but also for the recurring tragedy record that India has. Safety issues such as lack of inspections and the use of substandard materials have plagued construction projects in the country.

Here is the list:

  • August 2015: At least 11 people die after a building collapses near India’s western city of Mumbai
  • July 2015: Five killed after a four-storey building collapses in Delhi
  • April 2013: 74 people die after a high-rise residential building in Mumbai collapses
  • June 2014: At least 10 people killed when a three-storey building in Delhi collapses
  • June 2014: At least 60 people killed when a building collapses in a Chennai suburb
  • November 2010: 69 killed and more than 80 injured in a collapse in Delhi
  • September 2009: Chimney of a power plant in Chhattisgarh caves in, killing 40 people

The authorities said they will take “stringent action” against those responsible for the disaster.

Collapsed building in Chennai in June 2014
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