Dead, Many Trapped As Under Construction Flyover Collapses In Varanasi

Dead, Many Trapped As Under Construction Flyover Collapses In Varanasi

Dead, Many Trapped As Under Construction Flyover Collapses In Varanasi

Local television channel ANI reported that more than 12 people were killed and many others are trapped under the collapsed flyover.

The flyover was being constructed by the Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation between Chauka Ghat bus stand and Lahartara. Mr Maurya said Rs five lakh compensation to the families of the deceased would be handed over on Wednesday while critically injured would be given Rs two lakh each. CM Adityanath told the media a three-member committee has been constituted to report on the incident and appropriate action will be taken against those found responsible.

The Chief Minister mourned the loss of lives and directed officials to ensure prompt rescue and relief, a state government spokesman said.

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At least 25 people were crushed to death in Varanasi on Tuesday when an under-construction flyover in the Prime Minister's Lok Sabha constituency collapsed on the city's busiest road.

The incident occurred post-noon, officials said adding rescue teams were rushed to the spot.

In another tweet, the prime minister said he had spoken to Adityanath. "The UP Government is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected", said PM Modi in another tweet.

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He pointed out that the present MD Rajan Mittal had held the same position during the previous government led by Akhilesh Yadav, but was removed following complaints. In another incident, six labourers were injured when an under-construction bridge being built across Kakatte river at Pandikadavu (Karnataka) in Srimangala police station limits collapsed on April 21. "Any casualty would be attended to immediately", said Sidharth Nath Singh, Uttar Pradesh minister.

Meanwhile, utter chaos prevailed in the areas and heavy police force including the personnel of PAC, NDRF and CRPF was deployed there to carry on rescue work.

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