11 April 2016 : Disaster struck Kerala on Sunday, April 10, 2016, where more than 100 people were killed and more than 400 were injured due to fire that exploded from the fireworks at the Puttingal Devi Temple, located south of Kollam.
The conclusion of the Meena-Bharani festival, a seven-day festival of Goddess Kali, was to be marked by fireworks, of which one of the cracker, meant to explode in the air, fell on the ground and sent sparks in all directions, at around 3:30 am in the morning. Some of these reached the nearby storehouse, where an entire dump of the firecrackers was stored. Sadly, the dump caught fire and this explosion reached the nearby buildings, killing and injuring the people nearby.
The fire killed around 40 people, as soon as it exploded. This explosion also disrupted the power, leaving the crowd clueless about the situation. However, the residents and the people nearby came together taking the injured to the nearby hospitals and helping the other people come out of the fire.
Majority of the injured people were admitted to the general hospital of the city. Some of the injured were also admitted to the private hospitals, and the Thiruvananthapuram medical college hospital.
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The fireworks were planned by the temple authorities, despite receiving a denial for the display from the district administration. A case has been registered against the temple authorities. The local police have also filed an FIR against the fireworks contractor, Surendran, who is suffering from burns and is undergoing treatment at the medical college hospital.
Kerala Chief Minister, Oomen Chandy, came to know about the incident, and rushed to the site immediately in the morning, cancelling all his scheduled programmes. The CM asked for help from the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, to deal with the tragedy. The government also sought for helicopter support to transport the injured. Naval ships and Indian Army have also reached the site to help the people stuck at the site. State CM also ensured that all the necessary medical arrangements are made for the injured.