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Varanasi flyover collapsed due to thunderstorm, says official

ANI  |  Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India] 

The under-construction flyover at Varanasi's area collapsed due to the recent thunderstorms that struck the region a few days ago, weakening its structure, an said on Wednesday.

R. Mittal, the (MD) of told ANI, "We think the lock of the bearing underneath the beam broke due to the recent thunderstorms that struck in the region, which led to the accident. The traffic should have been diverted away from the We should all learn from this incident."

Stressing on the need to ensure such incidents do not occur again, he added, "At all other project sites, we will ensure the traffic in the area is diverted away from the site. We have made special teams comprising of six to seven people to identify all the sites and if there are any security lapses at those sites."

Meanwhile, a forensic team conducted an investigation at the spot of the incident in

At least 18 people were killed and 11 critically injured when a huge slab of a flyover under-construction in Varanasi's Cantt area came down after two pillars collapsed, crushing on cars and a local bus underneath.

Post the incident, announced ex-gratia for the affected families and met the victims at the in the city on late Tuesday night.

Union Health and also directed the Preeti Sudan to stay in touch with the health officials of Uttar Pradesh.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 16:50 IST