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105 dead, 350 injured in Kollam temple fire mishap

At least 105 people were killed and several others injured when an explosion took place at the Puttingal Devi temple during a festival at Paravoor at around 3 AM today, police said

Story Highlights 

  • Gruesome incident occurred around 3:30 a.m
  • Buildings closeby completely destroyed
  • Police denied permission for fireworks
  • On Saturday, explosive materials were seized
  • Huge explosive materials stored in nearby building
  • Perforated ear drum after blast, blood oozes out
  • Many injured in critical condition, casualties may rise
  • Accident early morning, rescue efforts delayed
  • Judicial probe would be ordered soon.
  • Financial assistance would be given to dead and injured

Over 100 people were killed and 350 injured when a major fire broke out in the Puttingal Devi Temple complex at nearby Paravoor early today when sparks emanating from a fireworks display ignited a store room filled with crackers and pyrotechnic material

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Thousands of people had gathered at the temple precincts to witness the fireworks display which were on since midnight when the fire broke out.The mishap occurred as sparks fell on the storeroom ‘Kambapura’ and exploded with a deafening noise at around 3.30 AM, police said.

The sound of the explosion could be heard over a km radius and the whole area plunged into darkness as the power supply went off and people ran helter skelter, eyewitnesses said

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs two lakh each as compensation for the next of the kin of the dead in the mishap and Rs 50,000 each for the injured in the tragedy.

The Prime Minister, who is rushing to Kerala to take stock of the situation, termed the incident as “heart-rending” and “shocking”

“Fire at temple in Kollam is heart-rending & shocking beyond words. My thoughts are with families of the deceased & prayers with the injured,” he said.

 

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Prime Minister Modi, who will be arriving here at 3 p.m, has asked for mobilisation of the Air Force and Navy assets to assist in the rescue and relief operation.The Prime Minister, who will land directly here with a team of burn specialist doctors, instructed that no official welcome protocols should be followed on his arrival here.

 

The Indian Navy and the IAF have deployed six helicopters and one Dornier aircraft to help in rescue operations at the Kerala temple where a fire has left over 90 dead.The IAF has deployed four choppers including Mi17 and Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).The Indian Navy is deploying one Dornier and two ALH with medical teams from the southern naval command.

It has also deputed three Naval ships — INS Kabra, Kalpeni and INS Sukanya with medical stores to Kollam coast to give medical assistance to the injured.They will be deployed in consultation with local administrative authorities, a Navy spokesperson said.Surgical teams have also been put on standby at the Naval command hospital in Kochi.

Sangh Swayamsevaks also Swung  in action and actively participating in relief works,Sevabharathi Kollam opeaned Help desk for assistance

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News Courtesy :Agencies,Mathrubhumi

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