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At least 15 people have been confirmed dead and more than 10 injured in the Indian city of Varanasi after a partially constructed overpass collapsed Tuesday evening, trapping drivers and pedestrians below.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) comprising 350 personnel, Army Medical Corps and cops reached the spot and the rescue operations are on.

25 persons have been rescued from the site so far, out of which 14 are seriously injured, UP police says More bodies are feared to be trapped in debris. It is being built by the Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation and 56% of the work is complete. CM Yogi and deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya are in Varanasi to take stock of the situation and have set up a high-powered 3-member panel to look into the incident.

Varanasi, in northern India, is the parliamentary constituency of Narendra Modi, the prime minister. I pray that the injured recover soon. Modi spoke to Adityanath and directed him to ensure that affected people are given all possible assistance. Dozens of policemen, including the Uttar Pradesh DGP, are also present at the spot. "Seven teams of the NDRF, comprising 325 workers, have been deployed for the rescue mission", said a government spokesperson.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Governor Ram Naik too condoled the deaths.

Varanasi district magistrate Yogeshwar Mishra said that all compensation will be given to the victims and their relatives at the earliest.

4 officials have been suspended and the UP Government is closely monitoring the situation in helping those who are affected by this crash. The Prime Minister said that he had talked to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the issue and offered all help by the central government.

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