The Church, a Christian denomination with congregations and parishes worldwide, is collecting food packets, donations, clothes and medicines.
Several volunteers have also come forward to assist in relief work. K P Yohannan, Metropolitan of Believers Church said:
“We will do everything in our power to help the bereaved families and provide timely medical assistance to those who have been injured. The Church said it is willing to provide free of cost treatment to the sufferers at its state-of-the-art multi-specialty hospital in Tiruvalla.”
“Use of firecrackers is a part of the festival. People should be more careful while using them. And as a Church we have taken an initiative and asked our members not to use firecrackers,” he said.
Over 108 people were killed and more than 350 were injured in a massive fire that broke out during a fireworks display at the Puttingal temple in Kollam on April 10 morning. Five people have been detained by Kerala Police, who were involved in conducting the pyrotechnics.