VARANASI : At least 16 people have died and several are feared trapped after a portion of an under construction flyover collapsed in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi today. Two pillars of the under construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi’s Cantt area, bringing a huge slab of concrete down, crushing cars and a local bus under it.
Many of those trapped are reported to be labourers who were working on the flyover.
Rescue & relief operations underway at the site of Varanasi under-construction flyover collapse incident. 16 bodies have been recovered till now, death toll expected to rise. 3 people rescued. pic.twitter.com/hsTq0F1Uob
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ADG Crime UP, Shri Chandra Prakash, addressed media on flyover collapse
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Bodies of three killed in Varanasi incident lying in North Eastern Railway hospital at Lehartara. One critically injured referred to private hospital while two are being treated, confirmed PRO Ashok Kumar. Four injured admitted to SPG divisional hospital so far.
Five teams of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF have been deployed to lead the rescue operations. Dozens of policemen are also present at the spot.
Eight cranes are being used to try to lift the debris and a crane with a 200 tonne lifting capacity is also being called in.Officials say gas cutters are being used and the first priority is to pull out those trapped.An eyewitness, who was 50 metres from the collapse site, said the help came in after an hour. “Four cars, an auto-rickshaw and a minibus were crushed by it… The help came after an hour,” the eyewitness said.
The flyover was being built by the Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation and chief minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered an inquiry report in 48 hours.