Kerala Temple Firework Mishap Leaves Over 100 Dead, 200 Injured

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9:23 am 10 Apr, 2016

A major fire broke out at the Paravur Puttingal Devi temple in Kerala’s Kollam on April 10 morning leaving at least 100 persons dead and over 200 injured. The fireworks ceremony was held as part of the annual festival of the temple, near Kollam.

The fire started around 3 am at a ground next to the temple where 10,000 to 15,000 people were present for a festival and to watch the fireworks all night.



Over 100 victims are admitted to the district hospital in Kollam. Many of the injured died before they could be reach a hospital. Victims are also admitted to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital and at various private hospitals in Kollam.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia compensation to the family of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 for the seriously injured in the Kollam temple fire accident. He has expressed deep shock grief and shock over the 83 dead and 350 injured in the fire. He is also set to arrive in Kerala on April 10.



According to a police official, the fire was triggered by a spark from a live cracker that landed in the building that stored these massive crackers.

Reports suggest that following this, the building collapsed and that was the prime reason for the number of casualties to increase.



The impact of the explosion was so huge that the office building of the Travancore Devaswom Board near the storehouse was blown off.

There is a district level ban on pyrotechnics at temples but these are held on the basis of temporary permits annually.

Four helicopters including Mi-17 and ALH from Sulur are being used by the Air Force to lift the injured from the spot.

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