At least 110 people have died dead and 280 injured in a fire that broke out in a temple in Kerala early on Sunday.
The tragedy in Kollam district’s Paravur was triggered by firecrackers during an ongoing festival, which attracts a large number of visitors every year.
Fireworks during an ongoing festival at Puttingal Devi temple in Kollam district’s Paravur, around 70km from the capital Thiruvananthpuram, triggered the tragedy around 3:30am.
“I was sitting on a chair outside the temple to watch the fireworks when suddenly there was a commotion and a fireball engulfed the entire area. A person sitting next to me was hit by a concrete slab and died on the spot. I was lucky to survive,” Jayakumar K, a travel agent told HT.