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At least 16 killed as under-construction flyover collapses in Varanasi

Press Trust of India  |  Varanasi/Lucknow 

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.

Sixteen bodies have been recovered from the flyover collapse site, an 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 said.

Some vehicles were also crushed in the incident, they added.

expressed grief over the incident while Deputy is reaching there, an spokesperson said in

Adityanath also set up a three-member committee to probe the flyover collapse, an said.

The directed the district administration and PWD officials to take all necessary steps for relief and rescue operations.

was providing with medical and other teams carrying out rescue work, officials said.

M Venkaiah Naidu and condoled the deaths in the flyover collapse.

Modi said the government was monitoring the situation. is the parliamentary constituency of the

"Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in 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 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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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 20:55 IST