New Delhi: As many as 14 people died and 50 suffered injuries when a ‘pandaal‘ or the tent structure collapsed at a function on Sunday in Rajasthan’s Barmer.
A ‘Ram Katha’ was organised at a school ground near Rani Bhatiyani temple in Jasol area of the district. The pandal was uprooted by strong winds, trapping the people sitting under it, police said, adding hundreds of devotees were attending the programme.
A shopkeeper said locals who rushed to rescue the victims felt current in the structure of the pandal. However, they rescued those trapped inside and took them to hospitals in private vehicles and mini-vans.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has announced Rs 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of those who died in the incident, whereas, the injured will be provided a maximum of Rs 2 lakh as compensation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to tweet condolences to the kin of the dead and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot earlier in the day also tweeted his condolences and assured that concerned authorities have taken up rescue work in the area.
He further tweeted in Hindi, “The incident in Jasol, Barmer during Ram Katha is very sad and unfortunate. I pray for those lost their lives and strength to their bereaved families. I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”