Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

At Least 16 Killed in Varanasi Flyover Collapse

At Least 16 Killed in Varanasi Flyover Collapse

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has mourned the loss of lives in the mishap and directed officials to ensure prompt rescue and relief, a state government spokesman informed.

"There are deaths but it is too early to give the exact details".

A portion of an under construction flyover near the railway station in Varanasi collapsed today and several people were feared buried under it, police said.

A crane belonging to the National Highways Authority of India pulled out all vehicles that were crushed under the collapsed flyover portion.

Officials said the toll is expected to rise.

Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya has left for the accident location.

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According to Varanasi District Magistrate Rameshwar Mishra, the rescue operations were in full swing. It has also directed the committee to submit a report to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the next 48 hours. He said that four two-wheelers, an auto rickshaw and a minibus were crushed when the flyover collapsed. Health Secretary Preeti Sudhan has spoken to Principal Health Secretary of UP & has offered all help for victims of Varanasi tragedy. The reason for the collapse has not been ascertained yet. Several of the trapped are likely to be the labourers working on the flyover.

The injured have been rushed to nearby hospital. The team also consists of Bhupendra Sharma, Chief Engineer and Head of Irrigation Department and Rajesh Mittal, Managing Director, Jal Nigam. The critically injured are being taken to the BHU trauma centre for emergency treatment.

The Uttar Pradesh Bridge Construction Corporation was constructing the 2261-metre-long bridge at a cost of Rs 129 crore, officials said. SSP RK Bhardwaj along with NDRF and army joined rescue operations. Five NDRF teams are on the ground.

Meanwhile, on the directions of Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Aditya Nath, a three-member committee has been constituted.

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. "We wish those who are injured a speedy recovery", the Opposition party said on Twitter.

Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi expressed grief on the incident. Many among those trapped included labours and passersby. About 325 relief workers are engaged in rescue operations.

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