An under construction flyover near the Cantonment railway station here collapsed killing 18 people and trapping around 50 people under the debris.
The Congress tweeted to say, "We are deeply saddened by the news of the collapse of an under construction flyover in Varanasi". Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya rushed to the spot, an official spokesperson said.
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Rescue operation being carried out for a man trapped under an under-construction flyover that collapsed in Varanasi on Tuesday. The injured people in the accident have been taken to Cancer hospital but the hospital is not equipped to handle such trauma cases.
The flyover was being constructed by Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation and was scheduled to be inaugurated last December.
Four people had been rescued so far, Mishra added.
Modi represents Varanasi parliamentary constituency. The chief minister also announced Rs 5 lakh as compensation for families of those who died in the incident and Rs 2 lakh for those injured. "The UP Government is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected", the Prime Minister added.
The Chief Minister mourned the loss of lives and directed officials to ensure prompt rescue and relief, a state government spokesman said. I have sent Dy CM and minister Neelkanth Tiwari to the spot. The ministers of the state used to visit this district for regular inspections. More people are believed to be trapped under the debris and the death toll is likely to go up.
Collapses of under construction structures are not uncommon in India. He said the first priority of the police was to provide medical help to the injured persons.
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