Under construction flyover collapses in Varanasi, deaths feared

Varanasi flyover collapse kills 18

A 20-meter beam which was being fitted to the flyover collapsed, crushing vehicles and pedestrians, said the official, Amit Kumar.

A portion of an under-construction flyover collapses near Cantt railway station, labourers feared trapped. Several people and vehicles were also reported to be buried under the rubble. More reports are awaited. Five teams of NDRF (250 jawans) with full equipment have been rushed to the spot of the accident.

A compensation of Rs 5 lakh each has been announced for the families of dead and Rs 2 lakh for those critically injured in the mishap. We are using cranes to lift the debris and rescue the trapped people. Local administration was providing emergency services with medical and other teams carrying out rescue work. Sources say, inquiries were set up after each incident but no concrete action was taken.

Varanasi District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra said for now their prime focus is on rescue and relief work. PM Narendra Modi has expressed shock and concern over this incident and has said that he will be discussing the situation with CM Yogi Adityanath.

Singh also conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.

4 officials have been suspended and the UP Government is closely monitoring the situation in helping those who are affected by this crash. "This is the reality of development in the top-priority constituency of the country".

According to reports, the flyover was being constructed by Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation.

"The probe should also look into whether regular meetings in this regard were being convened by the district administration and necessary precautions in case of construction in such busy areas were in place", he said. In another tweet, he said he had spoken with U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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