Sunday, April 10, 2016

110 die in Kerala temple tragedy, Modi calls it 'dreadful'

110 die in Kerala temple tragedy,
 Modi calls it 'dreadful' 
Kollam (Kerala) : At least 110 devotees were killed and over 350 injured when an illegal fireworks show set off massive explosions and caused a huge blaze in a Temple in Kerala  in the wee hours on Sunday , 10th April 2016 in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said was a "dreadful tragedy".

Many of those warded in hospitals were in critical condition. Modi, who visited the disaster-hit Puttingal Devi temple in Peravur town here, suggested that they could be flown to Mumbai or New Delhi for treatment.

Only two of the dead were women, police sources told . "The tragedy is unimaginable and dreadful," a sombre Modi said in Thiruvananthapuram just before taking a flight to Delhi. He announced Rs.2 lakh as compensation to families of each of the dead.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy announced a compensation of Rs.10 lakh to families of the dead, Rs.2 lakh each to the seriously injured and Rs.50,000 to those with minor injuries.

He also ordered a judicial probe and a simultaneous investigation by the Crime Branch of Kerala Police to determine how the fireworks show ended up raining death.

How it happened?
Dazed survivors said the disaster happened when stacks of explosives stored in a building a little away from the 100-year-old temple exploded, apparently after a spark from a firecracker landed on its roof. Two buildings including one in which the explosives were stored completely damaged.

The incident occurred just after 3 a.m. amid a dazzling and deafening fireworks display even after the local authorities had declined permission for it. The celebrations had begun the previous night.

PM Modi has asked for a detailed report on how the accident took place. State administration will submit a report. 50 cartons of medicines have been supplied, we're in constant coordination with the state govt and are giving whatever help needed: If & when needed, we're ready to transfer patients to AIIMS or Mumbai,whenever & wherever required J.P. Nadda said.

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