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Rescue Work Ends in Overpass Collapse That Killed 15 in India

NEW DELHI Emergency teams managed to rescue all the people who were trapped when part of an under-construction overpass fell on them in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, killing 15, and injuring 12, according to official sources on Wednesday.

A 15-meter (49-foot) slab of cement had fallen on vehicles passing under the overpass late Tuesday, trapping scores of people, who were, however, rescued within three hours of the accident, Superintendent of Police of the city of Varanasi, Amit Kumar, told EFE.

Such accidents are common in India, often due to the precarious state of infrastructure and lack of maintenance, which are worsened by widespread corruption and illegal practices in the construction sector.

In 2016, 26 people died and dozens were injured when an overpass had collapsed in the eastern city of Kolkata, in West Bengal.

 

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