35 Bodies Found inside Well after Collapse at Indian Temple

35 Bodies Found inside Well after Collapse at Indian Temple

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Thirty-five bodies have been found inside a well at a Hindu temple in central India after dozens of people fell into the muddy water when the well’s cover collapsed, officials said Friday.

Video of Thursday’s collapse at the temple complex in Indore in Madhya Pradesh state showed chaos afterward, with people rushing toward the exits. An excavator pulled down a wall of the decades-old temple to help people flee.

Nearly 140 rescuers, including army personnel, used ropes and ladders to pull the bodies from the well after pumping out the water. A narrow path and debris in the well made the task difficult.

Dozens of people fell into the water when the structure over the well collapsed and were covered by falling debris, police Commissioner Makrand Deoskar said.

The structure apparently caved in because it could not handle the weight of the large crowd, said the state’s top elected official, Shivraj Singh Chauhan. He ordered an investigation, AP reported.

Temple authorities had stopped using the well years ago and covered the mouth with iron grills and tiles.

Building collapses are common in India because of poor construction and a failure to observe regulations.

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