At least 18 killed in India flyover bridge collapse

At least 18 killed in India flyover bridge collapse

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2018

Many cars have been buried under the heap of rubble, district officials said, adding that the death toll could go up once the operation to clear the debris is completed.

Forensic experts investigate at the flyover-collapse site, in Varanasi on Wednesday, a day after the mishap.

Rescue workers rushed to the site in Varanasi city where an unknown number of people were still feared trapped under the debris, in the latest of a string of deadly construction accidents in India.

Since the road had not been blocked to commuters while construction work was on, at least 20 vehicles were crushed, including a bus and six cars. The cranes had to be called in from 15km away, further delaying the rescue efforts.

Prime Minister Narendra, whose political home is in Varanasi, said in a tweet that he was "extremely saddened" by the accident. The span which fell was laid barely three months ago.

A crushed vehicle after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed, leaving at least 12 dead, in Varanasi on Tuesday.

CM Adityanath Yogi expressed deep sorrow over the incident.

A rescue operation is continuing for those believed to still be trapped, but their number and condition is unknown. "He also spoke to the district magistrate of Varanasi who has apprised him of the incident". This bridge located near the railway station in Cantonment area of Varanasi is constructed by Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation scheduled to be inaugurated last December.

Compensation has been announced of INR 5 lakhs to the next of kin of those deceased while INR 2 lakhs will be allotted to those seriously injured. Is this incident an accident or result of corruption? Opposition Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav attacked the state government, suggesting that corruption led to the tragedy.

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