36 bodies found inside a well at an Indian temple following a devastating collapse

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36 bodies were found inside a well at a Hindu temple In central India, after dozens of people attending a festival fell into muddy waters when its cover collapsed, officials said Friday.

Video of the collapse of the temple complex in Indore, Madhya Pradesh state, Thursday, showed chaos afterwards, with people rushing away. An excavator demolished a decades-old temple wall to help people escape.

About 140 rescuers, including members of the military, used ropes and ladders to pull the bodies out of the well after the water was pumped out. The narrow track and debris in the well made the job difficult.

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“We have recovered 36 bodies and all have been identified so far,” Pawan Kumar Sharma, commissioner of the local municipal corporation, told the Associated Press.

Sharma said the temple council secretary was among the dead and the president was recovering from injuries.

He said the police had filed a case of culpable homicide that did not amount to murder, but no arrests had been made so far.

Eyewitnesses said that a large crowd of worshipers gathered in the temple to perform the fire rituals and celebrate the festival of Lord Rama.

Rescue workers work at the site of a building built over the well of an ancient temple that collapsed from the weight of a large crowd attending a Hindu festival in Indore, India, on March 31, 2023.

Rescue workers work at the site of a building built over the well of an ancient temple that collapsed from the weight of a large crowd attending a Hindu festival in Indore, India, on March 31, 2023. (AP Photo)

Dozens fell into the water when it fell The structure collapsed Police Commissioner Makrand Duoskar said the fallen debris was covered up.

Kantibhai Patel, the head of the residents’ association, told reporters that the authorities were slow to react and the first ambulance arrived at the spot an hour after the warning.

The state’s chief elected official, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, said the structure apparently collapsed because it could not bear the weight of the large crowd. He ordered an investigation.

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A team of army rescuers joined the operation on Thursday night. The Times of India reported that rescue work was expedited after underwater cameras showed bodies floating in the muddy waters of the well.

Chauhan said 33 bodies had been identified. Sixteen of the injured remained in hospital on Friday.

Sobbing, relatives of the victims demanded the bodies of the victims and visited the hospital where the wounded were being treated.

The temple authorities stopped using the well years ago and covered the mouth with iron grates and tiles.

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The newspaper said that the municipal authorities ordered the temple owners in January to remove the well’s lid because it was an unsafe and unauthorized building, but the temple authorities ignored the warning.

Building collapses Common in India Due to poor construction and non-observance of regulations.

In October, a century-old suspension bridge collapsed into a river in the western state of Gujarat, plunging hundreds of people into the water and killing at least 132 in one of the worst accidents in the country in the past decade.

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