Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Kerala temple blast site, hospital


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at Kerala to take stock of the situation in the aftermath of the fireworks explosion at Paravur Puttingal temple, which claimed over 100 lives on Sunday.

Modi, who is accompanied by a medical team of experts, reached Thiruvananthapuram by 3 pm. He will leave for Kollam soon. The Prime Minister has commissioned Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J.P. Nadda to immediately reach the site of the fire tragedy.

Modi also tweeted that he spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and has arranged for immediate shifting of those critically injured via helicopter. “Fire at temple in Kollam is heart­rending and shocking beyond words. My thoughts are with families of the deceased and prayers with injured,” the PM said in another tweet.

Prime Minister has also announced Rs 2 lakh ex­gratia to the kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 to critically injured people.

Earlier in the day, BJP president Amit Shah and party state chief Kummamam Rajasekharan visited the injured at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.


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