In a tragedy over 110 people were killed in fire, following an explosion at the Kerla‘s Puttingal Devi temple at Paravoor, at around 3 am on Sunday. A video shows a massive fireworks display at the temple suddenly giving way to an explosion. The explosion occurred in the store room where the crackers pyrotechnics materials had been stored.
Authorities said that of the 110 bodies, 82 had been identified and reclaimed. Sixteen bodies remained unidentified and three were completely disfigured. Among the injured, around 300 people were treated as out patients and administered treatment before sending them home. As many as 273 people have been admitted to hospital and are recovering.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for each victim of the fire and Rs 50,000 for those injured.
The fire is now under control. Power lines have been switched off in the area. Several people have been reportedy injured due to concrete falling from the buildings near the site of explosion.
There was a huge explosion and the impact could be felt by people in a one-and-a-half kilometer radius, according to reports. The massive fire is said to have engulfed the entire devaswom building.
Hundreds of people had gathered to watch the fireworks show, which was being held as part of a local festival, which started at midnight. Over 200 people, who have been injured in the mishap, have been admitted to nearby hospitals.
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“Fire at temple in Kollam is heart-rending and shocking beyond words. My thoughts are with families of the deceased and prayers with the injured,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter, adding that he had arranged for those critically injured to be airlifted for treatment.