2 are in critical condition.
The death toll in the mishap is expected to rise as over 50 persons are feared trapped under the rubble, several news agencies reported. A boundary wall next to the flyover was also demolished to allow bigger vehicles to assist in operations and three people were safely evacuated by 8 pm.
The Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief and have directed the administration to speed up the rescue operation. He said an investigation into the incident was ongoing but no arrests had been made so far.
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NDRF gathers near crushed vehicles after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed, leaving at least 16 dead, in Varanasi. "The committee will give the report in 15 days", Keshav Prasad Maurya said.
Meanwhile, utter chaos prevailed in the areas and heavy police force including the personnel of PAC, NDRF and CRPF was deployed there to carry on rescue work. According to initial eyewitness reports distributed by the Times of India, a "huge concrete slab" fell from the flyover onto the overcrowded service lane near Varanasi Cantt station.
Prime minister Narendra Modi condoled the incident.
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Prime Minister Modi also tweeted that he had instructed the local authorities to provide every possible help to the victims. "I pray that the injured recover soon", he said.
In another tweet, he said he had spoken with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. "I extend my condolences to the families of the deceased and assure that the government will do whatever it can to support these families".
Several labourers are still trapped under the debris and rescue operation is underway in full swing.
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The span that collapsed on Tuesday was laid in February to extend the flyover up to Lahartara locality.