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18 die as under-construction Varanasi flyover collapses (Fourth Lead)

IANS  |  Varanasi 

At least 18 persons were killed when a section of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Modi, an said on Tuesday.

Two dozen persons were injured in the tragedy near the Cantonment railway station here. The flyover was being constructed by the State Bridge Corporation.

Many cars were buried under the collapsed structure, district officials said, adding that the death toll could go up once the debris was cleared.

Three persons were pulled alive out of the crashed structure. Two persons admitted at a medical facility were said to be in a critical condition, an spokesman told IANS.

A crane belonging to the pulled out all vehicles that were crushed under the collapsed flyover portion.

would reach late in the night to take stock of the situation, the said.

(Home) said that seven NDRF teams comprising 325 rescuers have been deployed at the spot to carry out rescue.

"Sixteen bodies have been recovered so far. Three persons have been pulled out alive from under the debris," he told IANS earlier, adding that three-four people could still be trapped.

The government constituted a three-member committee of Raj Pratap Singh, and to probe the collapse and submit a report within 48 hours.

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

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

Work on the flyover between Chauka Ghat bus stand and Lahartara had been initiated during the rule.

The mourned the loss of lives and directed officials to ensure prompt rescue and relief, a said.

Deputy has already left for the spot.

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

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 23:12 IST
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