18 killed in under-construction Varanasi fly-over collapse

Kashmir Times. Dated: 5/16/2018 1:40:21 PM

VARANASI/LUCKNOW, May 15(Agencies): A portion of an under-construction flyover near the railway station here collapsed today killing at least 18 persons while more were feared trapped under the debris, officials said.
Eighteen bodies have been recovered from the Varanasi flyover collapse site, UP Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar told agencies in Lucknow.
“It is feared that several people are buried under the rubble,” an official said, adding rescue teams were at spot to rescue those trapped.
Some vehicles, including a bus, were crushed in the collapse, they said. At least three persons had been rescued, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) official said.
The Uttar Pradesh Bridge Construction Corporation was constructing the 2261-metre-long bridge at a cost of Rs 129 Cr, officials said. The span which fell today was laid barely three months ago, they added.



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