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16 killed in Varanasi flyover collapse, probe ordered (Third Lead)

IANS  |  Varanasi 

At least 16 persons have been killed and another four are trapped under rubble after a spam of an under-construction flyover collapsed in -- the parliamentary constituency of Modi, an said on Tuesday.

The mishap took place in front of the local Cantt railway station. Two dozen persons have been injured in the incident, a police said.

Many cars have been buried under the heap of rubble, district officials said, adding that the death toll could go up once the operation to clear the debris is completed.

The flyover was being constructed by the State Bridge Corporation.

(Home) informed that seven NDRF teams comprising 325 men have been deployed at the "16 dead bodies have been recovered so far and three persons have been pulled out alive from under the debris," he told IANS, adding adding that three-four people could still be trapped.

Meanwhile, the government has constituted a three-member committee comprising (APC) Raj Pratap Singh, and Rajesh Mittal, the of UP Jal Nigam, to probe the incident and submit a report within the next 48-hours.

The team has been asked to immediately leave for and hold investigations.

District Magistrate said for now their prime focus is on rescue and relief work.

Work on the flyover between Chauka Ghat bus stand and Lahartara had been initiated during the regime of the

has mourned the loss of lives in the mishap and directed officials to ensure prompt rescue and relief, a informed.

Deputy has already left for the site of mishap, he said.

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

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 22:20 IST
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