A portion of an under construction flyover, near the railway station here, collapsed today killing at least 16 persons while more were feared trapped under the debris, officials said.
The incident occurred post-noon, officials said adding rescue teams were rushed to the spot.
"It is feared that several people are buried under the rubble," an official said.
Some vehicles were also crushed in the incident, they added.
Adityanath also set up a three-member committee to probe the flyover collapse, an official said.
The chief minister directed the district administration and PWD officials to take all necessary steps for relief and rescue operations.
"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," he tweeted.
In another tweet, he said he had spoken with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. "The UP Government is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected."
Naidu too condoled the deaths in the incident in a tweet.
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