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At Least '35 Dead And Many Missing' After Temple Floor Collapses During Festival

Posted by Samuel on Fri 31st Mar, 2023 -

Images from the scene in Indore, Madhya Pradesh show bodies floating in muddy water, a senior police officer said.


In what will come across as a really shocking development, as many as 35 people have died and dozens are also missing after a temple collapsed in India, Daily Star reports.

The army has arrived to scour the devastating scene for survivors after a floor that was covering a stepwell suddenly gave way, plunging terrified worshippers into deep water below.

Images from the scene in Indore, Madhya Pradesh show bodies floating in muddy water, a senior police officer said.

A spokesperson for a local hospital said 21 of the victims had been brought to them, of which three had died.

Most of those receiving treatment had limb injuries and fractures.

A Times of India report said that most of those involved in the incident were women and children.

Armed forces personnel were using generator-powered floodlights to search for those missing, with local reports claiming at least 24 people were unaccounted for including a one-and-a-half year-old baby.

Around 50 worshippers marking the Hindu festival of Ram Navami had gathered at the Shri Beleshwar Mahadev Jhulelal temple when the tragedy occurred.

The floor that gave way above the stepwell reportedly consisted of tiles over a metal grille, with approximately 25ft of water below.

Police cordoned off the area as distraught loved ones of those affected gathered at the scene.

A National Disaster Response Force rescuer said: “We found a lot of water, so it was difficult to pull people out. We used ropes, ladders, but finally had to dive with oxygen cylinders.”

A senior police officer confirmed that the death toll was expected to rise.

“At night, when no more bodies could be seen, divers entered the well and used cameras to look in the muddy water,” they said.

“The images they sent back were spine-chilling.”

President of India Narendra Modi said on Twitter: “Extremely pained by the mishap in Indore.

“Spoke to CM @ChouhanShivraj Ji and took an update on the situation. The State Government is spearheading rescue and relief work at a quick pace.

“My prayers with all those affected and their families.”


Source: Daily Star UK

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