Business News/ News / India/  13 dead after stepwell collapses at Indore temple, CM announces relief

At least 13 people were killed and several were injured following the collapse of the roof of a stepwell at a temple in Madhya Pradesh's Indore on Thursday. The incident occurred during the Ram Navami celebrations at the Beleshwar Mahadev Jhulelal Temple in the Patel Nagar area.

Many devotees are still trapped inside the well and police teams are working with locals to rescue them.

The incident occurred around 12:00 PM when devotees were participating and offering their prayers during a hawan at the temple on the occasion of Ram Navami.

"As per the latest info, 11 bodies have been recovered. Of the 19 people who were rescued, two died. So, a total of 13 have died. Order has been given to probe into the incident," says Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced ex-gratia amount of 5 lakhs to be given to next of kin of deceased. “An ex-gratia amount of 5 lakhs to be given to next of kin of deceased while 50,000 will be given to the injured," the Chief Minister said.

PM Modi also expressed pain on the mishap and said he spoke to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and took an update on the situation.

"Extremely pained by the mishap in Indore. Spoke to CM @ChouhanShivraj Ji and took an update on the situation. The State Government is spearheading rescue and relief work at a quick pace. My prayers with all those affected and their families," PM Modi said.

"Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan has taken cognizance of the incident and discussed it with Indore's Collector and police Commissioner over phone and instructed to speed up the rescue operation. Apart from that Chief Minister's Office is also in constant touch with the Indore district administration," the statement read.

(With inputs from ANI)


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Updated: 30 Mar 2023, 05:13 PM IST
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