Saturday, 18 August, 2018


At Least 16 Killed in Varanasi Flyover Collapse

At Least 16 Killed in Varanasi Flyover Collapse At Least 16 Killed in Varanasi Flyover Collapse
Bennie Garza | 16 May, 2018, 12:26

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths in the flyover collapse.

An unconfirmed source said that over two dozen people are feared trapped under debris. 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.

The Uttar Pradesh Bridge Construction Corporation was constructing the 2261-metre-long bridge at a cost of Rs 129 crore, officials said.

"I spoke to UP CM Yogi Adityanath Ji regarding the situation due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi".

At least 18 people died Tuesday after a flyover collapsed in northern India, crushing vehicles and passengers under tonnes of concrete, a rescue official said. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister of the State is reportedly leaving for Varanasi. Government announces ₹5 lakh ex-gratia compensation to kin of the dead and ₹2 lakh each to the injured. He said that four two-wheelers, an auto rickshaw and a minibus were crushed when the flyover collapsed.

At Least 16 Killed in Varanasi Flyover Collapse

Modi said that the Uttar Pradesh government was monitoring the situation. The PM said that Yogi Adityanath has also spoken and the state government is keeping an eye on the incident. "I express grief over the incident, my condolence with the affected families".

Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya headed for Varanasi from Lucknow, an official spokesperson said.

This probe team would be separate from the investigation team set up by CM under the chairmanship of Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) Raj Pratap Singh which will submit its report by tomorrow.

Rescue and relief work was carried out through the night, an official in the office of Varanasi District Magistrate told Xinhua, adding that at least 30 people have been injured, half of them seriously.

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