At Least 16 Killed in Varanasi Flyover Collapse


Several people were feared trapped under the debris after a portion of the under-construction flyover collapsed.

"16 bodies recovered, 3 people have been safely rescued", Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said.

A team of National Disaster Response Force or NDRF has been rushed to the spot for rescue operations.

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Some vehicles were also crushed in the incident, they added. "Compensation of Rs 5 lakh for kin of those dead and Rs 2 lakh for seriously injured in the incident", tweeted Yogi Adityanath. The state government constituted a four-member probe committee that indicted engineers for poor quality work, but the report was put in cold storage, said a senior engineer in the corporation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers condolences, says Uttar Pradesh government is monitoring situation.

Union Health and Family Welfare minister JP Nadda also directed Health Secretary Preeti Sudan to stay in touch with the health officials of Uttar Pradesh.

After the collapse, it came to light that security measures were grossly neglected in the construction of the flyover. "I pray that the injured recover soon", he said.

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In another tweet, the prime minister said he had spoken to Adityanath. PM Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives in the incident.

Not only this, after the minister concerned Keshav Prasad Maurya removed the MD of another construction agency UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam recently, that charge was also given to Mittal. The ministers of the state used to visit this district for regular inspections. Eight cranes are being used to try to remove the debris, officials said adding gas cutters are being used and the first priority is to pull out those trapped. Local administration was providing emergency services.

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