At Least 16 Killed in Varanasi Flyover Collapse


At Least 16 Killed in Varanasi Flyover Collapse

Later, the flyover caused big problem not only at the entry of Varanasi Junction (Cantonment) railway station but also at Cantt. Several people and vehicles were also reported to be buried under the rubble.

Following the flyover collapse incident, which took place here on Tuesday, an official appointed by the Uttar Pradesh government said the investigation in the matter was underway. Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and minister of state Neelkanth Tiwari rushed to Varanasi to oversee the rescue and relief measures. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to take all necessary steps for rescue people, said a government spokesperson. "Three persons have been pulled out alive from under the debris", he told IANS earlier, adding that three-four people could still be trapped.

Meanwhile, utter chaos prevailed in the areas and heavy police force including the personnel of PAC, NDRF and CRPF was deployed there to carry on rescue work.

Compensation has been announced of INR 5 lakhs to the next of kin of those deceased while INR 2 lakhs will be allotted to those seriously injured. He further added, "I spoke to UP CM Yogi Adityanath regarding the situation due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi". "HM also spoke to the district magistrate of Varanasi who has apprised him of the incident".

4 officials have been suspended and the UP Government is closely monitoring the situation in helping those who are affected by this crash. "I express grief over the incident, my condolence with the affected families".

Rescue operations were called off at 10 p.m. Tuesday, confirmed Sanjay Kumar, the Uttar Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority Commissioner.