Lucknow, May 16
Officially 18 people were confirmed to have died in Varanasi when two 50-ft concrete beams came crashing down off 40-ft-high pillars of an under-construction flyover in front of Cantonment railway station in Varanasi on Tuesday evening.
However, on Wednesday the state government released a list of 15 dead, including those identified and unidentified.
Eleven persons have officially been confirmed to have suffered injuries in the accident.
While two patients were released after treatment three are under treatment at the Shri Shiv Prasad Gupta Divisional hospital at Kabir Chaura and five at the Trauma Centre of Sir Sunderlal Hospital at Benaras Hindu University (BHU) and one person has been admitted to a private hospital in Varanasi.
Unofficially the number of those injured in the accident is much higher and said to be around more than two dozen. Heavy duty cranes capable of lifting 200 ton had reached the accident site three hours after the accident. According to the state government press release, one minibus, two cars, two Bolero jeeps and one tempo were crushed under the debris. Earlier, Yogi had announced Rs 5 lakh as ex gratia payment to the kin of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh each to the injured. Reaching Varanasi after midnight, Yogi visited the injured at the Kabir Chaura divisional hospital and BHU’s Trauma Centre. He has assured of free treatment to all the injured