Rajasthan: At least 14 killed, dozens injured as pandal collapses

Rajasthan: At least 14 killed, dozens injured as pandal collapses

At least 14 people were killed and about 50 injured after a pandal fell on them due to strong winds during a religious programme in Barmer district of Rajasthan on Sunday, police said.

A ‘Ram Katha’ was organised at Jasol area of the district when the pandal was uprooted by strong winds trapping the people sitting under it, Additional Superintendent of Police, Khinv Singh, said.

At least 14 persons have died in the incident and about 50 are injured, said Ratan Lal Bhargava, Additional Superintendent of Police of Balotara. At least 24 injured persons were admitted to a local hospital for the treatment following the incident. Rescue and relief works are underway.
Hundreds of people were attending the event. The mishap took place at around 4:30 pm on Sunday due to sudden rain and storm.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot took stock of the situation from Jaipur and ordered a probe into the incident.

He also expressed grief and condoled the deaths. “The loss of lives in the accident at Jasol, Barmer due to collapse of tents during Ram Katha is very sad and unfortunate. I pray for the peace to the soul of the departed and give strength to the bereaved families. I wish speedy recovery to the injured,” Gehlot said in a tweet.

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