The collapse of an Under-Construction bridge today in Varanasi took innocent lives of at least 16 people and left many injured. With several vehicles buried under the collapsed bridge, the rescue operations have been initiated to clear the debris. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath said that five NDRF teams rushed to the spot to rescue the victims. He announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for family of those killed in the incident, Rs 2 lakh for those who have been injured.
The reasons for the collapse are unknown but a three-member committee has been formed to probe 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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi. I pray that the injured recover soon. Spoke to officials and asked them to ensure all possible support to those affected."
He said that the UP Government is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected.