Collapsing flyover kills 18 in Varanasi

Nellie Chapman
May 17, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath condoled the unfortunate incident.

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. Two dozen persons have been injured in the incident, a police official said.

The Telegraph reported that 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.

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National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Vijayawada & Visakhapatnam and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams from Kakinada & Visakhapatnam have been deployed for rescue operations in the Godavari boat capsize incident. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath announced a three-member panel to probe into the mishap and give its report in 48 hours.

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An official told IANS that most vehicles trapped beneath tonnes of concrete and iron have been removed. "Spoke to officials and asked them to ensure all possible support to those affected", Modi tweeted.

Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said today that the state government will set up a "bridge safety cell" to regularly inspect flyovers and bridges. The post and names of the suspended officials are chief project manager HC Tiwari, project manager K.R Sudan, and assistant Engineer Rajesh Singh and engineer Lal Chand. The senior engineer has been asked to complete the probe by Wednesday and submit a report to the government.

Authorities said no work was going on when the concrete slab crashed.

Mittal expressed sympathy with the family members of those killed and said all the employees of the corporation have made a decision to donate a day's salary to the chief minister's relief fund.

A compensation of Rs 5 lakh each has been announced for the families of the dead and Rs 2 lakh for critically injured.

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