100 dead, 350 injured in Kerala temple fire mishap
At least 100 people were killed and several others injured when an explosion took place at the Puttingal Devi temple during a festival at Paravoor here at around 3 am on Sunday, police said.
As the temple festival was on, fireworks display had commenced at the temple precincts since midnight and hundreds of people had gathered to watch the show.
As the fireworks and pyrotechnics display was coming to a close at 3 am, an explosion is suspected to have occurred at the storeroom ‘Kambapura’ filled with crackers and pyrotechnics materials, police said. Men, women and police officials are among the dead, they said.
Fifty of the injured have been rushed to Trivandrum Medical College in the state capital and five persons died after being brought there.
Nearly 350 people got injured in the mishap and have been admitted to various hospitals in the district and nearby Thiruvananthapuram, police said.
State Health Minister VS Sivakumar said directives have been issued to hospital authorities to make necessary arrangements for the injured.
State Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said Director General of Police (DGP) Senkumar is monitoring the rescue operations.
“A comprehensive probe will be conducted into the incident. Adequate compensation would be given to the victims of the accident after consulting with consulting with the Election Commission,” Chennithala said.