Under construction flyover collapses in Varanasi, 12 dead

Varanasi: At least 12 people were killed and several feared trapped under debris, after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi’s cantonment area on Tuesday.

An under-construction flyover collapses in Varanasi’s cantonment area.

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Minister Neelkanth Tiwari have been directed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to go to Varanasi’s Cantt area.

“Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya and Minister Neelkanth Tiwari have been directed by CM to go to Varanasi’s Cantt area, where over 12 people died after portion of under construction flyover collapsed there.

CM expressed grief and directed administration to speed up rescue operation,” said Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to say that he has spoken to officials and asked them to ensure all possible support to those affected. “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,” he said.

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.”

Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav appealed to the workers of his Samajwadi Party to assist the rescue teams. He also tweeted, “I hope the government will not just wash their hands off by paying compensation, rather will order a fair investigation.”

More details are awaited.