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.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) April 10, 2016
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) April 10, 2016
The Indian Navy was the first responder to the disaster site.
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) April 10, 2016
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.
Shaken by the tragic news of #Kollam. Thoughts and prayers go out to those affected. May God give us strength and resolve to bear this loss.
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 10, 2016
Deeply saddened by the news of #Kollam fire tragedy. My prayers r with those got effected n their families
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 10, 2016
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 10, 2016
— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) April 10, 2016
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Feeling extremely sorry for the ones affected at #Kollam temple fire – 84 dead & 350 injured. The numbers are huge & the loss even more.
— Dr. Subhash Chandra (@_SubhashChandra) April 10, 2016
Devastated knowing about the innocent lives lost at the #Kollam fire, my condolences to their families & prayers for all the injured!
— John Abraham (@TheJohnAbraham) April 10, 2016
“The the heavy loss of life in the run up to Vishu celebrations in the Puttingal Devi temple in Kollam is absolutely…
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.
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) April 10, 2016
Challenge for the country is implementation of rules & laws. If we have a compliance regime then #Kollam type tragedies can be avoided.
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) April 10, 2016
In 1990..similar fire works accident ..nearby Malanada Temple..26 died..then rules came…but people did not learn..today 102 died #Kollam
— J Gopikrishnan (@jgopikrishnan70) April 10, 2016
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.