Kollam Temple Tragedy: Help And Condolences Pour In For The Victims

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6:12 pm 10 Apr, 2016

A terrible tragedy has struck a beautiful town in God’s Own Country. A pyrotechnics display gone horribly wrong resulted in a fire at the Puttingal Devi temple in Paravur, Kollam, leading to the deaths of over 106 people and injuries to more than 350.

Before dawn on April 10, when there were just 30 minutes left for the fireworks display to end, a spark from one of the crackers landed on a building triggering the fire that engulfed the temple and resulting in an explosion that brought it down.

Condolences and help are pouring in from all corners of the country.

While the Indian Navy dispatched a team from its naval station at Kochi, the Indian Air Force, too, joined in rescue and relief efforts.




The Indian Navy was the first responder to the disaster site.


Apart from the authorities, even RSS volunteers were spotted helping the victims and their families with medical and other relief.




Condolences are pouring in on social media. Everyone is expressing shock and grief over the tragedy that befell the town.




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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached the site and is meeting Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy. Earlier in the day, he had tweeted his condolences and announced an exgratia relief of Rs.2 lakh to the family of the deceased and Rs.50,000 for the seriously injured.

The Kerala government has announced Rs.10 lakh compensation for the family of the deceased and Rs.2 lakh for the injured.




A report says that the collector had denied permission for holding the fireworks display.




A judicial probe has been ordered in the tragedy. CM Chandy said that his government will get a report on the probe within six months.




Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, too, will be meeting the injured at the hospital in Kollam today.



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