18 bodies recovered, 50 trapped in Varanasi flyover collapse

  • 18 bodies recovered, 50 trapped in Varanasi flyover collapse

18 bodies recovered, 50 trapped in Varanasi flyover collapse

National Disaster Response Force teams of around 325 men have been deployed for relief operations at the site where the under-construction flyover collapsed trapping several people and crushing vehicles underneath. He has rushed the Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya to Varanasi to take stock of the situation and ensure that injured are given proper medical aid. Uttar Pradesh Police has requested people to stay away from accident site to avoid any harm. "Compensation of Rs 5 lakh for kin of those dead and Rs 2 lakh for seriously injured in the incident", said CM Adityanath.

Chief Minister Adityanath set up a three-member committee to probe the flyover collapse. The reason behind the collapse is yet to be ascertained.

Many of those trapped are believed to be labourers who were working on the flyover.

Rescue operation being carried out for a man trapped under an under-construction flyover that collapsed in Varanasi on Tuesday. Meanwhile, boys from the Banaras Hindu University have reached the spot to help people.

The flyover was being constructed by the Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation. Police in the area have tweeted a request for people to avoid the area, stating that crowds act as a hinderance to rescue efforts and that the area still poses a danger.

"I was at a distance of 50 metres from the flyover when the flyover collapsed, trapping people under it. 4 cars, an auto-rickshaw and a minibus were crushed".

Local media reported that a handful of people had been successfully rescued, as seven cranes attempted to lift the concrete pillar. The Prime Minister started his speech at the BJP headquarters by expressing his condolence to the deceased families and then expressed his joy of getting huge mandate in Karnataka elections.

A highway overpass that was under construction in north India collapsed Tuesday, killing at least 16 people when an enormous concrete slab slammed down onto the crowded road below, disaster officials said.