More than a hundred people were killed and over 350 injured when a major fire broke out in a temple in Kerala early Sunday, sending shock waves across the nation.
Reports said the massive blaze was triggered by celebratory fireworks at Puttingal temple at Paravaur in Kollam district. The celebratory fireworks were done to mark the Hindu New Year.
Authorities said the temple officials were denied permission to bust fire crackers yet they went ahead with the programme, inviting a major tragedy.
Soon after getting the information, chief minister Ooman Chandy cancelled his election campaign and rushed to the spot. The chief minister confirmed death troll has mounted to 102. The Kerala government has also ordered a probe into the incident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the chief minister over the fire incident and promised all support. The centre is rushing a team of doctors and specialists from AIIMS and other hospitals to Kerala to help the victims.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also talked to the Kerala CM and assured all possible helps from the centre.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar too expressed grief over the incident. “Saddened by the Kerala temple fire tragedy. My heartfelt condolences to families of the deceased and prayers with those injured,” Kumar tweeted.
Tragedies caused by fire and stampedes in places of worship are quote common in India.
(Additional inputs from TV news and agencies)
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