18 bodies recovered, 50 trapped in Varanasi flyover collapse

12 killed in Varanasi flyover collapse over 50 trapped

The death toll in the mishap is expected to rise as over 50 persons are feared trapped under the rubble, several news agencies reported.

National Disaster Response Force teams of around 325 men have been deployed for relief operations at the site where the under-construction flyover collapsed trapping several people and crushing vehicles underneath.

NDRF team has reached the spot to rescue people from the debris. We are using cranes to lift the debris and rescue the trapped people.

A compensation of Rs 5 lakh each has been announced for the families of the dead and Rs 2 lakh for critically injured. "A three-member technical committee has been constituted to carry out an investigation and submit a report within a fortnight".

Singh also expressed deep anguish over the tragedy. "Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has taken preliminary action against responsible authorities", Adityanath said at a press conference held here in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who won parliamentary elections in Varanasi, said he was extremely saddened by the loss of lives in his constituency. Dozens of policemen, including the Uttar Pradesh DGP, are also present at the spot. The district magistrate and the commissioner have been told to take up rescue operations with the help of police and NDRF teams.

Chief Minister Adityanath said he has set up a committee to investigate the incident. "This should be told to the people of Varanasi by the state government", Former chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said. Later, the flyover caused big problem not only at the entry of Varanasi Junction (Cantonment) railway station but also at Cantt. "I pray that the injured recover soon", he said.

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