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Varanasi flyover collapse kills 18

Varanasi flyover collapse kills 18

Being criticised for the horrific incident, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh on Wednesday said that a sweeper at the Banaras Hindu University mortuary has been held for allegedly charging Rs 200 from families for handing over the bodies of the victims. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya rushed to the spot, an official spokesperson said.

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.

A highway overpass being built in north India collapsed, killing at least 18 people when an huge concrete slab slammed down onto the crowded road below, disaster officials said.

According to the project officer K.R. Sudan, UP State Bridge Corporation, the cause of the collapse is yet to be ascertained.

Several people got crushed or trapped under the debris in the incident, which took place in the evening when the traffic was at its peak.

Though it does not name anyone, the FIR has listed the supervisory officials and contractors and staff appointed by them for various tasks, among the accused.

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Three people were rescued from the debris and eight cranes were deployed to attempt to lift the concrete beams.

UP CM Adityanath reached the scene within a few hours and met the injured in the city's Kabir Chaura hospital.

"Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to the collapse of an under- construction flyover in..." I pray that the injured recover soon. The portion of the bridge that collapsed was laid only two months ago.

Authorities said no work was going on when the concrete slab crashed.

In another tweet, the prime minister said he had spoken to Adityanath. "The UP Government is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected", the Prime Minister said. "The inquiry team is led by agricultural produce commissioner Rajpratap Singh, with chief engineer of the irrigation department Bhupindra Sharma and Jal Nigam MD Rajesh Mittal as other members".