Fire Mishap at Kollam Temple: PM Rushing to Kerala

Modi termed as \"heart-rending\" and \"shocking\" the fire at a temple in Kollam and said he is rushing to Kerala.

Published: 10th April 2016 09:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th April 2016 09:22 AM   |  A+A-


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi |AFP


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today termed as "heart-rending" and "shocking" the fire at a temple in Kollam and said he is rushing to Kerala to take stock of the situation.   

"Fire at temple in Kollam is heart-rending & shocking beyond words. My thoughts are with families of the deceased & prayers with the injured," he said in a tweet.       

"I will be reaching Kerala soon to take stock of the situation arising due to the unfortunate fire tragedy in Kollam," he said.     

The Prime Minister has also asked Health Minister J P Nadda to reach the site of the mishap.

At least 83 people lost their lives and 350 others were injured when a fire broke out at a temple in Kerala's Kollam district during display of fireworks.     

The Prime Minister spoke to the Kerala Chief Minister about the mishap.            

"Spoke to CM Oommen Chandy about the fire at a temple in Kollam. Arranging for immediate shifting of those critically injured via helicopter," he said.

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