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104 killed in stampede in southern India

01-15-2011 13:38 BJT

NEW DELHI, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- The toll in the stampede near a famed Sabarimala temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala climbed to 104 Saturday as more bodies and the injured continued to be brought to hospitals in the area, said the Indo-Asian News Service.

The stampede occurred around 20:00 p.m. Friday when the pilgrims were returning after watching the celestial Makara Jyothi light, the most important event of the pilgrimage, from a hillock some 30 km from the Sabarimala temple.

The tragedy took place in Pulumedu, a forested area about 10 km from the Vandiperiyar town, and about 30 km from the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district. At least 60 people have sustained injuries.

Most of the bodies and the injured have been brought to the Kumily government hospital.

State Finance Minister Thomas Isaac reached the hospital in the morning and said that the state government will meet the expenses for treating the injured even if they have been admitted to private hospitals in Idukki and Kottayam districts.

A thorough investigation will be done and the state government will meet all the expenses for transporting the bodies to their homes. As the first step, a sum of 5,000 Indian rupees to the injured has been sanctioned, said Isaac.

The bodies were first brought to the Vandiperiyar government hospital and from there it was moved to the hospital in Kumily.

Around 43 bodies have been identified so far and a majority of the dead are from nearby states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka," said officials.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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