During a religious parade hosted by a temple in Tamil Nadu, southern India, at least 11 persons were electrocuted and 15 more were injured.
According to authorities, the disaster occurred when the temple chariot collided with a high-transmission live wire in Thanjavur district located in southern India. There were two children among the fatalities. The death toll could rise, according – officials, because some of the injured were in severe condition. A complaint has been filed, and police are investigating.
Bhanupriya, a fire and rescue worker who only goes by one name, told BBC Tamil that the chariot’s generator became stuck on a curve in the road. The top of the chariot came into touch with the high-voltage line while adjusting it. The death toll could have been far worse, according to eyewitnesses, if it hadn’t been for a puddle of water on the road, which approximately 50 worshippers strolling beside the chariot had stepped aside to escape only seconds before.
The high-voltage wire along the procession path is generally shut off, according to senior police officials who spoke to the NDTV news channel. The supply was not disrupted this time, though, because the chariot was not tall enough to touch the power cables. “However, it appears that the decorations on it increased its height, and it came into contact with the live wire,” a senior police official told NDTV.
The chariot was entirely destroyed in a video of the incident. President Ram Nath Kovind of India expressed his condolences for the deaths of 11 people in the Kalimedu fire disaster.
The loss of life, including that of children, due to electrocution in a procession in Thanjavur is a tragedy beyond words. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) April 27, 2022
MK Stalin, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, is visiting Thanjavur to see the accident site and meet the grieving relatives. His office has pledged 500,000 rupees ($6,542; £5,185) in financial aid to the families of those slain in the disaster. The disaster has left Prime Minister Narendra Modi “very grieved,” according to a tweet. “My sympathies are with the bereaved families in this hour of loss,” he wrote, promising to help the relatives of the deceased with 200,000 rupees ($2,608; £2,073).
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