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Under-construction flyover collapses in Varanasi, 18 killed

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Under-construction flyover collapses in Varanasi, 18 killed
16 May, 2018
In a tragic incident, 18 people were crushed to death and several feared trapped under debris after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed near Cantt railway station in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi on Tuesday. 

Two pillars of the flyover collapsed in the city's Cantt area, bringing a huge slab of concrete down, burying passersby and vehicles under it. Unconfirmed reports said at least 24 people were trapped in the debris of the flyover being built between Lahartara and Chauka Ghat.

Five teams of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF were deployed to lead rescue operations. Dozens of policemen are also present at the spot. Eight cranes were used to lift the debris and a crane with a 200 tonne lifting capacity is also being called in.

Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi 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,” he tweeted.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered an inquiry report in 48 hours and has also directed his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya and minister Neelkanth Tiwari to visit the spot. "The chief minister has expressed grief and directed the administration to speed up rescue operation," UP Minister Sidharth Nath Singh told. 

The Congress tweeted to say, "We are deeply saddened by the news of the collapse of an under construction flyover in Varanasi. Our thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives. We wish those who are injured a speedy recovery."

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