83 killed, 350 injured in Kerala temple fire

NEW DELHI — The fire mishap at the Puttingal Devi Temple in Kerala’s Kollam district during a display of fireworks has left 83 people dead and 350 others injured, according to the Home Ministry.

The fire broke out due to explosion of crackers at the temple, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said 83 people were killed in the mishap and 350 others injured.

State police, state disaster management teams and fire brigade are on the spot for rescue and relief operations.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and assured all central help to deal with the situation arising out of the tragedy.

National Disaster Response Force is being sent to Kerala to assist the local administration.

“My heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died in the Kollam mishap. My prayers are with the injured,” Singh said. PNA/PTI/northboundasia.com