18 dead, many feared trapped in Varanasi flyover collapse

Varanasi flyover collapse kills 18

Varanasi flyover collapse kills 18

The collapse of an Under-Construction bridge today in Varanasi took innocent lives of at least 16 people and left many injured. Police suspect the occupants of the vehicles, passerby and labourers, who were working on the flyover, are buried beneath the slab.

At least 15 people died and several got injured after a portion of under-construction.

District magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Misra, who was at the spot, said on phone that a medical team, was also at the site of the incident and the priority was to rescue people. More reports are awaited.

Meanwhile, 7 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are continuing rescue & relief operations.

Compensation has been announced of INR 5 lakhs to the next of kin of those deceased while INR 2 lakhs will be allotted to those seriously injured.

Three people were rescued from the debris and eight cranes were deployed to attempt to lift the concrete beams. "The @NDRFHQ teams have been rushed to the spot for rescue operations", the minister's office tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences on the incident and conveyed that he had spoken to CM Yogi regarding the Varanasi flyover collapse and that the UP government is monitoring the situation "very-closely".

The general secretary of the UP Engineers Association, SS Niranjan, when contacted, said that unlike the other cases in Varanasi an important factor was also of traffic management which can not be undermined.

Official Amit Kumar said an investigation into the incident was ongoing but no arrests have been made so far.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met victims of under-construction bridge collapsed in Varanasi on Tuesday. The committee has been asked to submit its findings within 48 hours, said a statement from the Chief Minister's Office.

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