At Least 16 Killed in Varanasi Flyover Collapse

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

Over a dozen people are feared killed and dozens more are feared trapped after a pillar of a flyover under construction near the Cantonment railway station crashed in Varanasi on Tuesday evening.

According to reports, two pillars of the Cha-ukaghat-Lehertara flyover in Varanasi's cantonment area collapsed, burying several people, majority labourers and pass-ersby, under the debris.

Many of those trapped are believed to be labourers who were working on the flyover.

A highway overpass being built in north India collapsed, killing at least 18 people when an vast concrete slab slammed down onto the crowded road below, disaster officials said.

Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said that seven NDRF teams comprising 325 rescuers have been deployed at the spot to carry out rescue. Meanwhile, the chief minister Yogi Aditya Nath has asked deputy chief minister Keshwa Prasad Maurya and local minister Dr Neelkanth Tiwari to visit the site and see the rescue work.

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The Uttar Pradesh Bridge Construction Corporation was constructing the 2261-metre-long bridge at a cost of Rs 129 crore.

Chief Minister Adityanath said he has set up a committee to investigate the incident. "I pray that the injured recover soon", he said.

Denying any delay, police chief O.P. Singh said: "We ordered the NDRF team immediately to reach the spot".

In another tweet, the prime minister said he had spoken to Adityanath. "At least four cars, an auto-rickshaw and a minibus were crushed under it", the witness told reporters in Varanasi, a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Naidu too condoled the deaths in the incident in a tweet. "I extend my condolences to the families of the deceased and assure that the government will do whatever it can to support these families".

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