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18 killed in Varanasi flyover collapse; probe ordered


Varanasi: At least 18 persons have been killed and another four are trapped under rubble after a spam of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi -- the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official said on Tuesday.
The mishap took place in front of the local Cantt railway station. Two dozen persons have been injured in the incident, a police official said.
Many cars have been buried under the heap of rubble, district officials said, adding that the death toll could go up once the operation to clear the debris is completed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives in the incident. 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.
Meanwhile, the UP government has constituted a three-member committee to probe the incident and submit a report within the next 48-hours. The team has been asked to immediately leave for Varanasi and hold investigations. (IANS)

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