At least 100 people died on Sunday (April 10) in a fire that swept through a temple in southern India during a fireworks festival, Kerala’s top official has said.
More than 350 others were injured in the fire that engulfed the temple complex where hundreds had come together during the night for a festival celebrated in Kerala state marking the Hindu new year.
“I got the information that 100 persons are declared dead,” Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told NDTV news network, after officials earlier put the number killed at more than 79.
Firefighters and police battled through the night at the Puttingal Devi temple in the coastal town of Paravur to douse the fire and rescue the injured.
Television footage showed a series of large explosions and fireworks erupting as plumes of smoke filled the night air after about 3am local time.