At least 145 dead in Temple stampede in India
It's again bad news from India. more than 100 Hindu devotees are feared killed and over 200 injured in a stampede in Nainadevi temple in mountain state of Himachal Pradesh. The incident took place in the famous Hindu templ of Naina Devi situated on a mountain.in Bilaspur district. Latest report from an Indian TV channel sugest that among the dead are 30 children.
The stampede reportedly occurred at around 10:45 am after rumours of a landslide in the area spread. Others said the stampede began after a railing outside the temple collapsed.
According to the Bilaspur police, at least 30 children are among those killed in the stampede, while many of the other dead include women.
Relief operations are underway at the site of the incident and the injured have been rushed to various hospitals in nearby towns. Teams of doctors are also being sent to the site from nearby areas.
The devotees had gathered at the temple, which is located at a hill-top 160 km from Shimla, in huge numbers to attend the 10-day Sharavan Navratras fair that began on Saturday. As it was Sunday, the number of devotees present there had reportedly risen to nearly 50,000.
Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the kin of the dead, while those critically injured will get Rs 50,000 and those with minor injuries will receive Rs 25,000 each.
The state government has also ordered a magisterial enquiry into the incident.
First report said total death is 80
At least eighty pilgrims are feared killed and over 200 injured in a stampede in Nainadevi temple in Himachal Pradesh's Bilaspur district.
The police, however, police confirms the death of only seven people. Thousands of pilgrims had today (August 3) assembled at the Nainadevi shirne for the popular Shravan festival.
The reason that caused the stampede is still unknown. More details are awaited.
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