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At least 19 people have been killed and more than 12 others injured after two concrete beams fell off of 40-foot-high pillars of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi on Tuesday evening. The massive concrete beams came crashing down on busy traffic in the area between the Cantonment railway station and Lahartara rail over-bridge.
A total of 9 vehicles, including a bus, 2 SUVs, 2 cars, autos, and two-wheelers faced the brunt of the beams that crashed down upon them. A total of 4 officials have been suspended for the flyover collapse incident, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said.
"After being held responsible for the incident, Chief Project Manager HC Tiwari, Project Manager KR Sudan, Assistant Engineer Rajesh Singh and engineer Lal Chand have been suspended with immediate effect," Maurya said in a statement
After being held responsible for today's incident,Chief Project Manager HC Tiwari, Project Manager KR Sudan, Assistant Engineer Rajesh Singh & engineer Lal Chand have been suspended with immediate effect: UP Dy CM KP Maurya on Varanasi under-construction flyover collapse incident pic.twitter.com/KfTi5GFjBJ— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 15, 2018
A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) comprising 350 personnel, Army Medical Corps and police launched rescue operations which took more than 4 hours to extricate the bodies of the victims after 200-tonne capacity cranes partially lifted the beams. The cranes had to be called in from 15km away, further delaying the rescue efforts.
Before the arrival of the NDRF, local slum dwellers swung into action upon hearing the thud of the collapsing beam and the cries of the passengers. Several eye-witnesses claim that the rescue operations began after an hour and by that time many trapped under the rubble had died.
“Luckily, few passengers were seated in the bus when the beams fell. We rescued them from the wreckage and rushed them to hospital on auto-rickshaws. But pulling out trapped people from mangled SUVs, cars and two-wheelers was impossible for us,” an eye-witness said to TOI.
The two beams had been mounted on pillar No. 79 and80 a week back and were left unsecured, without locks. As the slabs came crashing down, the labourers and contractors fled from the scene.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh for the critically injured. CM Yogi and deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya are in Varanasi to take stock of the situation and have set up a high-powered 3-member panel to look into the incident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences on the incident and conveyed that he had spoken to CM Yogi regarding the Varanasi flyover collapse and that the UP government is monitoring the situation 'very-closely'.