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18 bodies recovered, 50 trapped in Varanasi flyover collapse

18 bodies recovered, 50 trapped in Varanasi flyover collapse

Several people were feared trapped under the debris, police said.

The Uttar Pradesh Bridge Construction Corporation was constructing the 2261-metre-long bridge at a cost of Rs 129 crore. I have sent Dy CM and minister Neelkanth Tiwari to the spot.

Varanasi, in northern India, is the parliamentary constituency of Narendra Modi, the prime minister.

Twelve people are feared killed after a flyover under construction collapsed in Varanasi on Tuesday.

Singh also conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.

The flyover was under construction and part of it collapsed during busy evening traffic, with big slabs of concrete crushing the vehicles travelling on the road below, an official at the Varanasi police control room said. Formed committee to look into the incident, report to come in 48 hours. Senior district and police officers including divisional commissioner Deepak Agrawal, ADG (Zone) PV Ramasastry, IG (Range) Dipak Ratan, SSP RK Bhardwaj and others reached the site. "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.

The incident occurred post-noon, officials said, adding that rescue teams were rushed to the spot. The Mini PMO in Varanasi has apprised the Prime Minister's Office in Delhi about the tragedy and sought immediate help from the Centre.

Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the family of people, killed in flyover collapse and compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the injured people.

The injured have been rushed to nearby hospital. He said that four two-wheelers, an auto rickshaw and a minibus were crushed when the flyover collapsed. The CM has directed the district administration to do all possible help for the people by speeding the rescue work.

According to CNN News 18, DGP OP Singh said, "We are in the process of evacuating the 50 people trapped under the debris".

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