Under construction flyover in Varanasi collapses, 16 people dead so far

At least 16 people have died and many more are feared trapped under a portion of an under construction flyover that collapsed in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

Two pillars of the under construction flyover collapsed in the Cantonment area, bringing a big slab of concrete down. Many cars and a local bus were crushed under it.

Many of those trapped were labourers who were working on the flyover.

Five teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been sent to lead the rescue operations. Eight cranes are being used to try to lift the debris.

An eyewitness said that help came after an hour.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to say that he has spoken to officials and asked them to ensure all possible support to those affected.

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