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15 killed as under-construction flyover collapses in PM Modi's constituency

15 killed as under-construction flyover collapses in PM Modi's constituency

"16 bodies have been recovered, 3 persons were safely rescued", Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said to ANI. Eight cranes are being used to try to remove the debris, officials said adding gas cutters are being used and the first priority is to pull out those trapped.

The flyover collapsed primarily because two beams holding up the concrete slabs buckled, say sources.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Vijayawada & Visakhapatnam and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams from Kakinada & Visakhapatnam have been deployed for rescue operations in the Godavari boat capsize incident.

-PM Narendra Modi offers condolences over loss of lives. The span which fell was laid barely three months ago. DGP OP Singh said NRDF teams were sent to the spot besides police personnel. On the other hands, expressing its deep shock over the tragic incident, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) administration has alerted the doctors at Sir Sundarlal Hospital (SSH) and Trauma Centre.

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. Rescue operations are underway and the police is regulating traffic. I pray that the injured recover soon. "HM also spoke to the district magistrate of Varanasi who has apprised him of the incident". The UP government is monitoring the situation.

"The probe should also look into whether regular meetings in this regard were being convened by the district administration and necessary precautions in case of construction in such busy areas were in place", he said.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav demanded enquiry in to the accident. Is this incident an accident or result of corruption?