A string of sports stars and Bollywood celebrities have given vent to their anger over the collapse of a flyover in Kolkata, questioning the negligence and 'corruption ingrained within us as a country' and stressing that it's "not an act of god".
Amitabh Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar
The toll in the Kolkata flyover tragedy, which took place on Thurday, has risen to 24 by Friday morning. The disaster management teams continue efforts to find bodies and survivors trapped under the debris. (Read full report here)
The flyover, which was still under construction, left scores of people and vehicles crushed under its debris.
The under-construction flyover collapsed on Vivekananda Road in Kolkata. Hyderabad-based company IVRCL was tasked with constructing the 2.2 km flyover since 2009. Pic/PTI
Celebrities from diverse fields took to social media to condemn the accident and to pray for the victims and their families.
Here's what they had to say:
Amitabh Bachchan: A bridge has collapsed in Kolkata and many suffer. Our prayers go out for all. May god be with them. having spent a major part of the year in the city on work I feel I must have crossed this bridge often. Fate and time wait for no one... Tragedies do concern us and we hope always that the worst can be avoided but at times it just does not. Our prayers today for Kolkata.
Sachin Tendulkar: Heartfelt condolences to all those deceased in the Kolkata bridge collapse. May their souls rest in peace. Hope those injured recover soon.
VVS Laxman: Shocked to know about the collapse of the flyover in Kolkata. My heartfelt condolences to the families of all those affected...Kolkata tragedy.
Dia Mirza: Very saddened by the Kolkata flyover mishap. Hope that this makes us more accountable. This is unacceptable.
Vivek Agnihotri: Even the flyovers are giving signs why West Bengal needs a radical change in government.
Ashwin Mushran: No! The Kolkata flyover collapse is not an 'act of god'... It's an act of negligence and corruption ingrained within us as a country.
Ehsaan Noorani: Sad and ridiculous that accidents like this should happen in our day and age it stinks of apathy for safety Kolkata flyover collapse.
Harshdeep Kaur: Sad to hear about what happened in Kolkata. Prayers for the victims.
Farah Khan Ali: Prayers for the injured and dead. So so sad...Kolkata flyover mishap.
Prosenjit Chatterjee: Can't open news channel and newspapers too, so many innocent people lost their lives. Can't see my city people dis way. Praying for Kolkata.