Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Varanasi flyover collapse: 12 people killed, over 50 trapped under debris

16 dead after bridge collapses others feared trapped Varanasi flyover collapse: 12 people killed, over 50 trapped under debris
Melinda Barton | 16 May, 2018, 13:28

Rescuers and crane operators worked through much of the night in the city of Varanasi to search for survivors and clear the wreckage, which had crushed cars, motorcycles and a bus. Police in the area have tweeted a request for people to avoid the area, stating that crowds act as a hinderance to rescue efforts and that the area still poses a danger. Police suspect the occupants of the vehicles, passerby and labourers, who were working on the flyover, are buried beneath the slab.

An unconfirmed source said that over two dozen people are feared trapped under debris. Some vehicles were also crushed in the incident, they added. 5 teams of National Disaster Response Force consisting of 250 personnel have been deployed to conduct rescue operations while many policemen are also present at the spot.

According to Varanasi District Magistrate Rameshwar Mishra, the rescue operations were on in full swing. He said that the team has been formed to investigate the incident, and whoever is found guilty will not be spared.

We request the citizens of #Varanasi to avoid going to the spot of the incident.The crowd not just acts as a hindrance in relief and rescue work but also poses danger for your own safety.

Post the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced ex-gratia for the affected families and met the victims at the Kabir Chaura Hospital on late Tuesday night. The chief minister ordered a three-member committee to probe the flyover collapse.

In another tweet, the prime minister said he had spoken to Adityanath.

Prime minister Narendra Modi condoled the incident. "I extend my condolences to the families of the deceased and assure that the government will do whatever it can to support these families".

4 officials have been suspended and the UP Government is closely monitoring the situation in helping those who are affected by this crash.