Varanasi: At least 12 people were killed after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi’s cantonment area on Tuesday. According to police, several people were feared buried under it.
The incident occurred post-noon, officials said adding rescue teams were rushed to the spot. Senior police and administration officers also reached the site of the incident. “It is feared that several people are buried under the rubble,” an official said. Some vehicles were also crushed in the incident, they added.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the killing of people in the accident. He has directed his deputy to visit the accident site. “Deputy chief minister KP Maurya and minister Neelkanth Tiwari have been directed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to visit Varanasi’s Cantt area, where over 12 people have died after a portion of an under construction flyover collapsed. The CM has expressed grief and have directed the administration to speed up rescue operation,” said Health Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his condolence over the death of people in Varanasi flyover collapse. “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,” tweeted Modi.
“I spoke to UP CM Yogi Adityanath Ji regarding the situation due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi. The UP Government is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected,” added Modi.