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Probe committee visits Varanasi flyover collapse site

In Uttar Pradesh, at least 15 people have died and several trapped after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed near the Varanasi Cantt railway station last evening.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda has directed health secretary to be in close touch with health officials of Uttar Pradesh. Secretary Health Preeti Sudhan has spoken to Principal health secretary Uttar Pradesh and offered all help for victims of Varanasi tragedy.

Meanwhile, Chief Project Manager H C Tiwari and three others were suspended late Tuesday night.

President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed condolences. In a tweet, President said: “Shocked to learn about the tragedy at flyover construction site in Varanasi. Condolences to the bereaved families. Administration is making all efforts to rescue and help those affected”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his condolences and prayed that the injured recover soon. He said that the Centre will provide all possible help to the state government.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday met the victims of flyover collapse incident at Banaras Hindu University Trauma Center and Kabir Chaura Hospital. He has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the family of people, killed in the incident and a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the injured people. He also announced a three-member committee to probe into the accident and give its report within 48 hours.

Meanwhile, speaking to DD news, divisional commissioner Deepak Agrawal said that the ex gratia announced by the Chief Minsiter will be delivered today it self.

Earlier in the day, the committee, constituted by the Uttar Pradesh government to probe the incident, visited the accident site.

Raj Pratap Singh, member of the committee, visited the accident site to take stock of the conditions.

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