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Three months after Varanasi flyover collapse, another crumbles in UP’s Basti

The iron beams supporting the flyover at Basti appear to have sank into the ground said Eyewitnesses.

New Delhi: Almost three months after an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi killing 18 people and sparking an outrage among citizens, another flyover collapsed in Uttar Pradesh’s Basti.

The incident happened after an overloaded truck hit an under-construction flyover on Saturday morning after which a portion of it collapsed on National Highway 28, injuring a labourer and three others. The labourer, who was working at the site, is being treated at a local hospital.

The iron beams supporting the flyover appear to have sunk into the ground, leading to the collapse. It has been raining in the area for the last two weeks, said an eyewitnesses.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath instructed the local administration to initiate immediate relief work, clear the debris and ensure traffic is not affected on the highway.

Contractors, who were directly employed by the road transport and highways ministry, were constructing that portion of the flyover said, “60% of the constuction was completed. The local administration had inspected the flyover last week itself.”

“District administration has informed NHAI (National Highway Authority of India) and has asked them to look into the issue immediately and to take appropriate measures on priority,” district magistrate Raj Shekhar said in a statement.

Last week, a portion of a service road on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway caved in after heavy rain, swallowing a car with four people. There were no casualties.

A similar incident took place on May 15, in which 18 people were killed after an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi.

(With inputs from ANI)

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