Death toll rises to 112 in Kerala temple tragedy

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The death toll of the Kerala temple fire tragedy rises to 112, as two more victims died on Monday morning, doctors and officials said.

Two middle aged youths succumbed to their injuries at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital where 124 people are still being treated, doctors said.

The condition of nine others continued to be serious, a doctor said.

The pre-dawn Sunday tragedy at the Puttingal Devi temple in the coastal town of Paravur in Kollam district, about 60 km from here, also left more than 350 people injured, some critically.

A team of medical professionals who arrived from Delhi has split into two. One group has been attached to the Kollam district hospital while the other group is at the state-run hospital here.

At Kollam, senior officials of the health department and the Delhi team took stock of the treatment procedures and decided that there was no need to shift any of the patients out of the district.

The Delhi team will visit all the hospitals in Kollam to assess the condition of the patients.

Fourteen bodies at Kollam and four in Thiruvananthapuram are yet to be identified.

The Kerala government on Monday decided to open a temporary medical outpost at the temple premises. It will function for a week.

The tragedy occurred at about 3.30 a.m. on Sunday when a spark from an firecracker landed on a building where a huge quantity of powerful firecrackers were stored, setting off massive explosions and a fireball that brought down the structure, witnesses said.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has announced a judicial probe and an investigation by the Crime Branch of Kerala Police into the tragedy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the site on Sunday.

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Police in Paravur have lodged a case against 20 people, including the temple committee members and the contractor, his son and their workmen who organised the fireworks display.


Wefornews Bureau

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