The incident took place under Sigra police station near Lehartara Cancer Hospital where a part of an under-construction bridge collapsed, trapping many people who were passing underneath it. A few cars and a bus ferrying passengers are also trapped under the debris.
The flyover being built was supposed to connect Varanasi Cantt railway station with Lehertara. The construction of the flyover was to be completed several months ago.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the incident.
#UPCM श्री #YogiAdityanath ने वाराणसी में निर्माणाधीन पुल गिरने की घटना पर दुख जताया है और उन्होंने जिला प्रशासन को तेजी से बचाव कार्य करते हुए लोगों की हर संभव मदद करने के निर्देश दिए हैं। उप मुख्यमंत्री श्री @kpmaurya1 कुछ ही देर में वाराणसी पहुंचेंगे।
— CM Office, GoUP (@CMOfficeUP) May 15, 2018
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 15, 2018
HM also spoke to the district magistrate of Varanasi who has apprised him of the incident. The @NDRFHQ teams have been rushed to the spot for rescue operations.
— HMO India (@HMOIndia) May 15, 2018
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya is reaching Varanasi. The officials have been directed to ensure early rescue and relief of all the trapped people