Huge tent collapses leaving 14 dead and 50 injured during religious festival

Huge tent collapses leaving 14 dead and 50 injured during religious festival

June 24, 2019

At least 14 people were killed and dozens more injured after a massive tent collapsed during a religious worship festival in India.

Torrential rain and strong winds caused the tent to give way, crushing those inside the structure at the Indian state of Rajasthan.

Most of those who had died were believed to be children and elderly people who were unable to escape.

Some were said to have been electrocuted while others were crushed by falling debris.

More than 300 people gathered inside the tent for the religious event organised by Rani Bhatinyani temple in the Barmer district of the north-western state on Sunday afternoon.

Murlidhar Maharaj, who led the Ram Katha ceremony urged people to evacuate the tent just seconds before it collapsed.

In live footage filmed by NDTV, he told the worshippers: "The winds are strong. We will have to stop the Katha.

"The tent is flying. Please leave the area."

Hundreds of worshippers managed to escape as the tent came crumbling down, but some were not so lucky.

14 people were killed while 50 were injured, with many of them in critical condition.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has ordered authorities to investigate the incident.

On Sunday, he paid a visit to victims in hospital and families of those who had died.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent his condolences to families on Twitter .

He tweeted: "My thoughts are with the bereaved families and I wish the injured a quick recovery."

The event began on Saturday and was scheduled to continue until June 30.

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