India: Fire at Kerala's Puttingal temple leaves 100 dead
April 10, Kerala: At least 100 people have died in a fire at Puttingal temple in Paravur in the Indian state of Kerala.
According to police, the fire started about 03:30 when an explosion was set off in a store of fireworks ready for celebrations of a local Hindu new year festival.
Local media reports said that a building at the temple then collapsed, causing many of the fatalities. More than 200 are injured.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is travelling to the scene. He tweeted that the accident was "heart-rending and shocking beyond words".
Many of the injured are in critical condition and are being treated at the government medical college in Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital.
Kerala police chief TP Senkumar said that many of the dead were charred beyond recognition and would have to be identified by DNA tests.
The Oslo Times