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12 killed in Varanasi flyover collapse, over 50 trapped

IANS  |  Varanasi 

Twelve persons were killed and more than 50 feared trapped as an under construction flyover collapsed on Tuesday in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Narendra Modi, an said.

The incident took place in front of the Cantt Railway Station.

"Many cars are buried under the heap of rubble and over two dozen persons have been injured in the incident. The death toll may go up," a told IANS.

of Police (DGP) O.P. Singh said that additional police teams had been sent to from neighbouring places to expedite the rescue operation.

According to District Magistrate Rameshwar Mishra, the rescue operations were in full swing.

A team of the (NDRF) has also been dispatched to help the authorities in clearing the debris and pulling out the injured from the debris.

The flyover was being constructed by the State Bridge Corporation between Chauka Ghat bus stand and Lahartara.

has formed a three-member committee to investigate the incident. The committee has been asked to submit its findings within 48 hours, said a statement from the

Deputy left for the site of the accident soon after the mishap occurred.

Mourning the loss of lives, said: "My condolence with the affected families. I have sent Dy CM & minister to the spot. to look into the incident, report to come in 48 hours."

"5 teams of NDRF (250 jawans) with full equipment rushed to the spot of accident in Varanasi. Compensation of Rs 5 lakh for kin of those dead and Rs 2 lakh for seriously injured in the incident," he said.

in his tweet mourned the deaths, saying: "Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi. I pray that the injured recover soon. Spoke to officials and asked them to ensure all possible support to those affected."

"I spoke to Ji regarding the situation due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi. The is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected," he said.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 21:08 IST
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