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Kolkata Flyover Collapse: Act of God or a Man-made Catastrophe

Debiprasad Mukherjee | India

They said – It was an act of God. As the  “Vivekananda Flyover”  collapsed in the heart of  Kolkata, India on 31st March, 2016, resulting in the loss of 25+ innocent  lives, critical injuries of over 100+ victims - the act was definitely of mankind! As the people in Kolkata watched wailing mourners looking for the debris of their family members…life took a standstill as many unfulfilled dreams, many honest promises lay buried under the concrete and mortar. 

The Indian Army, Kolkata Police, National Disaster Response Force joined hands in unity to hasten the rescue operation. As time sped, more bodies were pulled out from the pile of concrete. Hundreds of people waited anxiously near the rescue area to see if their family and friends had survived.Some were happy to find their relatives badly injured yet alive, some of them broke down into tears when they found their relatives’ name on the dead body register and some of them are still have no clue of their near & dear ones.


Debiprasad is an Indian freelance documentary photographer based out of Kolkata, India. He strongly believes in the power of photography in changing people’s perspective towards social changes & issues. His photographic vision is not only to depict social, political and financial issues & conflicts but also to portray surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit.

He can be reached atdebiprasad.mukherjee@gmail.com/ +919830318394

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