The tragedy struck due to a firework display which caused the blaze at the Puttingal Devi temple in the coastal town of Paravur located about 60 kms from Thiruvananthapuram.
Talking to the victims admitted in Paripally Medical College, they said that most accidents were caused when the warehouse where the fireworks where kept blasted and the concrete material scattered throughout the temple grounds, hitting people and injuring them minorly and severely.
A Junior doctor of Paripally hospital said,”16 patients with major burns, admitted to the Paripally hospital were referred to Trivandrum Medical College. Of the 16 victims, the medical conditions of 6 patients are critical.”
A patient admitted with minor head injury at Paripallly hospital said,”I was standing metres away from the warehouse, in front of the temple entrance. Soon I heard the blast and suddenly a piece of concrete came and hit my head. I felt the hit and touching my head I sensed blood on my hand.”
The death toll may rise more than 105, being the current number of casualties. The police along with fire force has come for rescue operations and ambulances from different hospitals were swarming into the accident site.
The blast also destroyed the rooftops of the houses nearby though they were situated metres away from the temple grounds.
After the incident the top officials of the Puttingal Devi temple have gone missing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his way to the town to visit the patients under treatment.
While the office of Kollam district collector A Shainamol’s office told that no permission was granted to conduct the fireworks display, local people claimed the ban was lifted later in the night.