At least 15 people have been reported dead and several people trapped under the rubble after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi’s Cantonment area. Rescue operations are underway.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the incident in his home constituency and discussed the rescue operations with CM Yogi Adityanath.
CM Yogi formed a committee to look into the matter and has demanded a report within 48 hours. He also met victims of the incident receiving treatment at Banaras Hindu University Trauma Center and Kabir Chaura Hospital.
15 Dead, 11 Critically Injured in Collapse: CM Yogi Adityanath After Visit
Speaking at a press conference, Adityanath clarified that the death toll of the incident has been pegged at 15, according to reports he has received from the administration and the NDRF.
11 more are critically injured and have been admitted to various hospitals, where their proper treatment is being ensured, he added.
Adityanath also said that he has asked the Deputy CM and the concerned minister to personally monitor rescue & relief work.
Yogi Visits Victims of the Collapse
UP CM Yogi Adityanath met victims of the flyover collapse at Banaras Hindu University Trauma Center and Kabir Chaura Hospital.
Victims Receive Treatment at Kabir Chaura Hospital
Officers Suspended in Connection with Collapse
Chief Project Manager HC Tiwari, Project Manager KR Sudan, Assistant Engineer Rajesh Singh & engineer Lal Chand have been held responsible for the flyover collapse, reported ANI. They have been suspended with immediate effect, ANI quoted UP Dy CM KP Maurya as saying.
3-Member Committee Formed to Probe
Seven teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) continue rescue and relief operations in the Varanasi flyover collapse. A three-member high-level committee has also been set up to investigate into the matter.
Yogi en Route to Meet Victims
UP CM Yogi Adityanath is on his way to meet the victims of the under-construction flyover collapse incident, reported ANI.
Reason For Collapse Uncertain: Project Manager
KR Sudan, Project Manager on the under-construction flyover in Varanasi told ANI that the reason behind the incident can be ascertained only after the investigation is done.
“I cannot tell the reason of this incident till the investigation is done. Cranes are still coming, rescue operations are still underway,” said Sudan.
Seven NDRF Teams Deployed on the Spot
Seven NDRF teams have been deployed for the rescue operations at the collapse site, Arvind Kumar, Principal Secy (Home), told ANI. Six others are injured and are currently under treatment. All trapped vehicles have been taken taken out, according to Kumar.
Death Toll Rises to 18
The death toll in the Varanasi under-construction flyover collapse incident has risen to 18, reported ANI.
Culprits Will Not Be Spared: Keshav Prasad Maurya
UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya visited the collapse site and assured that the ones responsible for the mishap will be dealt with strictly.
“This is a very unfortunate incident and I’m deeply saddened by it. I’m going to meet the injured in the hospital. Culprits will not be spared. Will setup a committee to look into the matter,” said Maurya, as quoted by ANI.
Probe Is in Preliminary Stage: ADG
Chandra Prakash, ADG crime, UP, while addressing the media said that all necessary steps are being taken for speedy relief and rescue operations and that the probe in the matter is still at the preliminary stage.
Amit Shah Expresses Condolences
BJP chief Amit Shah expressed grief over the incident and offered condolences to the families of the deceased.
Death Toll Rises to 16
16 bodies were recovered from under the rubble of the collapsed flyover, Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar told ANI. 3 other people have been safely rescued.
Dinesh Sharma Expresses Grief
UP Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma expressed condolences to the families of the deceased.
PM Condoles Deceased While Celebrating Karnataka “Victory”
PM Modi, while addressing a rally over Karnataka election mandate in Delhi, said that he is saddened by the loss of lives in Varanasi.
“I am happy about Karnataka’s victory but on the other hand, I am saddened by the loss of lives in Varanasi,” said Modi.
JP Nadda Expresses Condolences
Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Jagat Prakash Nadda, took to Twitter to express grief over the incident and offered condolences to the families of the deceased.
CM Yogi Announces Compensation, Forms Committee To Probe
CM Yogi Adityanath announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh for the injured, reported ANI. He has also formed a committee to look into the matter and has demanded for a report within 48 hours.
NDRF Dispatches Five Teams for Rescue Operations
The NDRF has dispatched five teams to the spot for speedy rescue operations of the several people trapped under the rubble of the collapsed flyover.
President, Vice President Expresses Condolences
President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu took to Twitter tp expres condolences to the families of the deceased.
Help Came After an Hour, Say Witnesses
While speaking to ANI, witnesses described the horrific incident and said that the rescue operations began nearly an hour after the collapse.
“I was at a distance of 50 m from the flyover when it collapsed, trapping people under it. Four four-wheelers, an auto-rickshaw and a minibus were crushed by it. The help came after an hour,” said an eye-witness.
PM Modi, Expresses Grief, Discusses Rescue Ops with CM Yogi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of life due to the flyover collapse in his home constituency. He also spoke to CM Yogi Adityanath and discussed the rescue operations.
CM Orders Speedy Rescue Operations
Chief Minsiter Yogi Adityanath has ordered speedy rescue operations at the spot, UP minister Sidharth Nath Singh said while addressing the media. UP minister Neelkanth Tiwari will also reach the spot soon, said Singh, as quoted by ANI.
Yogi Adityanath Promises All Possible Help
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the flyover collapse and has promised all possible help. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya is reportedly reaching the spot.
NDRF Reaches the Spot
Rescue operations are underway and the NDRF team has reached the spot for all the necessary assistance, tweeted Varanasi police.
12 People Dead, Several Trapped
More than 12 people are dead, with several feared trapped after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi’s Cantt area, reported ANI.