May 23, 2018

18 dead, many feared trapped in Varanasi flyover collapse

16 May 2018, 03:40 | Taylor George

Varanasi flyover collapse kills 18

Varanasi Flyover Collapse 18 Dead Several Trapped Under Debris CM Adityanath Announces Rs 5 Lakh Compensation To Kin Of Deceased

Earlier, 12 people were killed and several feared trapped under debris.

Forensic experts investigate at the flyover-collapse site, in Varanasi on Wednesday, a day after the mishap.

LUCKNOW, India-A highway overpass being built in north India collapsed, killing at least 18 people when an vast concrete slab slammed down onto the crowded road below, disaster officials said. We are using cranes to lift the debris and rescue the trapped people.

Compensation has been announced of INR 5 lakhs to the next of kin of those deceased while INR 2 lakhs will be allotted to those seriously injured.

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Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has set up a three member committee under chairmanship of Agriculture Production Commissioner RP Singh to probe the unfortunate accident and submit its report within 48 hours including its all aspects. On the other hands, expressing its deep shock over the tragic incident, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) administration has alerted the doctors at Sir Sundarlal Hospital (SSH) and Trauma Centre. "Seven teams of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) are engaged in rescue operation which is under way", an official in the disaster control room told AFP.

A part of an under-construction flyover has collapsed near Cantt Railway Station in Varanasi on Tuesday, news agency ANI reported.

The flyover collapse in the high-profile Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has posed a big question mark on the quality of work carried out by the UP Bridge Corporation in the recent past.

Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya headed for Varanasi from Lucknow, an official spokesperson said. "I pray that the injured recover soon", he said. Rescue operations are on. In another tweet, he said he had spoken with U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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