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Varanasi bridge collapse: 25 killed,50 people trapped under the debris

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Varanasi : At least 25 people lost their lives and several are feared trapped after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed near a railway station in Varanasi on Tuesday. In the latest development, 25 bodies have been recovered and three have been safely rescued from the debris of collapsed flyover in Varanasi, DGP OP Singh said, “We are in the process of evacuating the 50 people trapped under the debris. A majority of the people trapped are suspected to be the construction workers.” Singh also recalls the Kolkata flyover collapse and goes onto say that rescue operations are on in full swing.

 

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced compensation of Rs 500,000 for kin of those killed in the incident, Rs 200,000 for those who have been injured. CM Adityanath has also set up a three-member committee to probe flyover collapse

The district administration rushed to the spot for rescue operation and more than a dozen cranes have been pressed into service. The reason for the collapse has not been ascertained yet. Many of those trapped are reported to be labourers who were working on the flyover, reported NDTV. Police force of 9 police stations are at the site and wards of Cantt hospital and district hospital have been evacuated for the injured,

The flyover that fell over have not been moved yet and people are still trapped under the broken portion of the flyover bridge. There are around 12 cranes at the spot but only 8 have been pressed into service. The injured people in the accident have been taken to Cancer hospital but the hospital is not equipped to handle such trauma cases. Meanwhile, boys from the Banaras Hindu University have reached the spot to help people. The critically injured are being taken to the BHU trauma centre for emergency treatment.

The flyover was being constructed by Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation and was scheduled to be inaugurated last December. According to DM Yogeshwar Ram Mishra, five teams of NDRF have been deployed for the rescue operation. One city bus, five cars, two auto rickshaws and several motorcycles are trapped under the debris. NDRF has rescued five critically injured people,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express grief over the unfortunate incident in Varanasi. PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “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.”

 

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Minister Neelkanth Tiwari have been directed by CM Yogi Adityanath to visit the incident spot. Addressing reporters, UP Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said that the chief minister has expressed grief and directed administration to speed up rescue operation. Two ministers have also been sent to the city to take stock of the situation. The chief minister has directed the district administration and PWD officials to take all necessary steps for relief and rescue operations.

by-Business Standard