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60 dead, 200 injured after Indian temple fire

60 dead, 200 injured after Indian temple fire

Mfonobong Akpan

A temple in southern India early on Sunday was engulfed by fire, killing more than 60 people and injuring 200 gathered for a fireworks display to mark the start of the Hindu new year.

Thousands of people were packed into the temple and the narrow lanes around it in the southern state of Kerala for the display that began at midnight and went on for hours.

One of the crackers fell on a shed where the fireworks were stored, setting off the fire, local television reported. The temple is located in Kollam, about 70 km from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

“More than 60 people have died, that is the information which we have so far,” state home minister Ramesh Chennithala said.

So powerful were the fireworks that some parts of the temple building had chipped and a bulldozer were trying to clear the area of the debris.

source: Reuters
Image: cctvnews