On the afternoon of May 15, local time, a beam of about 20 meters in the crossroads of a city in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, collapsed. The accident coincided with a late peak, according to eyewitnesses, at least four cars, an auto rickshaw, a van and several pedestrians were under pressure and the vehicle was seriously damaged.
After the accident, the Indian authorities sent seven cranes and troops to the rescue. At least 18 people have been confirmed dead and many injured.
India's Prime Minister Modi expresses sadness and condolences on Twitter , asking for all possible assistance. At present, the local government has set up a three-person investigation team and launched a detailed investigation.
According to foreign media reports, India often uses unqualified materials in construction. In 2016, a 100-meter flyover collapsed in Calcutta, eastern India, killing 26 people.