At least 18 people were feared dead and over 12 wounded when a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi Tuesday evening.
According to HT reports, the toll is expected to rise as many other vehicles were still buried under huge cement blocks that came crashing down near the Cantonment railway station.
Five teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were leading the rescue effort in the holy city, which is also the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“A team of rescuers has been sent to the spot. Rescue operations have been started. We are gathering inputs,” an NDRF official who didn’t wish to be named said.
Media quoted eyewitness as saying that a pillar of the flyover gave way suddenly, burying passersby and vehicles.
Unconfirmed reports said at least 24 people were trapped in the debris of the flyover being built between Lahartara and Chauka Ghat.
The area is congested and has heavy traffic as the road leads to the railway station and is also used by those heading to the airport.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the incident. “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,” PM said in a tweet
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had asked the district administration to take all necessary steps for rescue work, a state government spokesperson said.
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