Under construction flyover collapses in Varanasi, deaths feared


Several of the trapped are likely to be the labourers working on the flyover.

The death toll in the mishap is expected to rise as over 50 persons are feared trapped under the rubble, several news agencies reported.

More people were feared trapped after the collapse occurred in the city of Varanasi, crushing at least four cars, a motorcycle and a bus. Following the incident, Deputy CM KP Maurya and Minister Neelkanth Tiwari have been directed by CM to go to Varanasi's Cantt area.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath rushed here at midnight on Tuesday to monitor the rescue operation after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to him.

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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.

Before the arrival of the NDRF, local slum dwellers swung into action upon hearing the thud of the collapsing beam and the cries of the passengers. A special committee has been set up to further investigate the incident and a report has been sought within 15 days. "He also spoke to the district magistrate of Varanasi who has apprised him of the incident". This bridge located near the railway station in Cantonment area of Varanasi is constructed by Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation scheduled to be inaugurated last December. UP Government announced Rs 5 lakh each for the kin of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh for critically injured. The PM said that Yogi Adityanath has also spoken and the state government is keeping an eye on the incident.

4 officials have been suspended and the UP Government is closely monitoring the situation in helping those who are affected by this crash.