Varanasi: At least 16 people have died and several are feared trapped after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi today. Two pillars of the flyover collapsed in Varanasi’s Cantt area, bringing a huge slab of concrete down, crushing cars and a local bus under it.

Sixteen bodies were recovered from Varanasi flyover collapse site, said an NDRF spokesperson.

The incident occurred post-noon, officials said adding rescue teams were rushed to the spot. Senior police and administration officers also reached the site of the incident.

“It is feared that several people are buried under the rubble,” an official said.

Some vehicles were also crushed in the incident, they added. Many of those trapped are reported to be labourers who were working on the flyover.

Five teams of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF have been deployed to lead the rescue operations. Dozens of policemen are also present at the spot.

The flyover was being built by the Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation and chief minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered an inquiry report in 48 hours. The CM has also directed his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya and minister Neelkanth Tiwari to visit the spot.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to say that he has spoken to officials and asked them to ensure all possible support to those affected.

“I spoke to UP CM Yogi Adityanath Ji regarding the situation due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi. The UP Government is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected,” Modi said.