12 killed, several trapped as under-construction flyover collapses in Varanasi

A bus and half a dozen vehicles were crushed by falling debris from the flyover in Varanasi.

VARANASI: Over a dozen people are feared killed and dozens more are feared trapped after a pillar of a flyover under construction near the Cantonment railway station crashed in Varanasi on Tuesday evening. A bus and half a dozen vehicles were also crushed by falling debris.

The national disaster response force (NDRF) has launched a rescue operation at the site.

"Deputy CM KP Maurya and minister Neelkanth Tiwari have been directed by CM to go to Varanasi's Cantt area, where over 12 people died after portion of under construction flyover collapsed there. CM expressed grief and directed the administration to speed up rescue operation," UP health minister Siddharth Nath Singh was quoted as saying by ANI.

Eyewitness said that the pillar of the flyover collapsed suddenly and people passing by came under its debris. Few vehicles which were parked or passing by the under construction flyover came under it.

Unconfirmed source said that over two dozen people are feared trapped under debris.

The flyover is being constructed between Lahartara and Chauka Ghat.

Chief ministerYogi Adityanath has directed the district administration and PWD officials to take all necessary steps for rescue work, said a state government spokesperson.

 

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