14 dead, over 50 injured in a tent collapse in Barmer; Gehlot announces Rs 5 Lakh ex-gratia
Jaipur, June 23: At least 14 people died and around 50 injured after a massive 'pandaal' (temporary structure) collapsed on Sunday evening in Rajasthan’s Barmer.
The pandaal was put up for a religious function for which many people had gathered. The mishap took place at Jasaul area in Barmer this evening between 4.00-5.00 pm.
The temporary pillars and the core structure that give support to the tent collapsed after heavy rains and storm.
As the weight bearing pillars collapsed, the entire pandaal came crashing down and people got trapped under it. The rescue operations are underway and the injured have been rushed to a nearby hospital.
According to some reports, some electricity wires also crashed along with the pandaal. Speculations are that some people may have died due to electrocution.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his grief over the incident.
"Collapse of a Pandaal' in Rajasthan's Barmer is unfortunate. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and I wish the injured a quick recovery," Modi tweeted.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that he asked the concerned officials to ensure that the injured get medical assistance. He also said that he has communicated to authorities to probe the incident.
जसोल,बाड़मेर में राम कथा के दौरान टेंट गिरने से हुए हादसे में बड़ी संख्या में लोगों की जान जाने की जानकारी अत्यंत दुखद, दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है।ईश्वर से दिवंगतों की आत्मा को शांति प्रदान करने,शोकाकुल परिजनों को सम्बल देने की प्रार्थना है। घायलों के शीघ्र स्वास्थ्य लाभ की कामना करता हूँ— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) June 23, 2019
स्थानीय प्रशासन द्वारा राहत एवं बचाव का कार्य किया जा रहा है।— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) June 23, 2019
सम्बंधित अधिकारियों को हादसे की जांच करने, घायलों का शीघ्र उपचार सुनिश्चित करने तथा प्रभावितों एवं उनके परिजनों को हरसंभव सहायता उपलब्ध कराने के निर्देश दिए हैं। #Barmer #Rajasthan
Gehlot said rescue operations were being done by the district administration. He also announced Rs 5 lakh in compensation each to the next of the kin of those who lost their lives and Rs 2 lakh for those injured.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also condoled the loss of lives.
"Pained to know about the loss of lives due to collapse of a Pandaal in Barmer, Rajasthan. I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly," Shah said.