Over 100 feared dead in Puttingal temple fire in Kollam

Over 100 feared dead in Puttingal temple fire in Kollam

Written by Staff Writer

10 Apr, 2016 | 11:36 am

According to Indian police,More than 100 people have died in a fire at Puttingal temple in the Indian state of Kerala in the Kollam District.

Local media reports say that the fire started about 3:45 AM Sri Lanka time, when an explosion was set off in a store of fireworks ready for celebrations of a local Hindu new year festival.

A building at the temple then collapsed, causing many of the fatalities. More than 200 are injured.

The temple authorities reportedly had permission for fireworks through the night as part of the festival held in the coastal town around 60 km from thiruvananthapuram. but officials are investigating if “competitive fireworks” led to the fire.

It is traditional to light firecrackers during the Sinhala and tamil New year in Sri Lanka.

However,accidents relating to improper use of firecrackers are reported every year. The Sri Lanka Optometric Association states that according to surveys 46 percent of those lose their hands or fingers due to this.

The survey further shows that 17 percent of those who obtain treatement for damages caused to the mouth or eyes have been a victim of an incident relating to firecrackers.

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