Wall falls onto guests taking shelter in India, killing 24

Cheryl Sanders
May 11, 2017

Eyewitnesses said the people attending the marriage were eating food in the open air when the 90-feet-long (28-meter-long) wall with a hight of 13 feet (4 meters) collapsed on them. "One injured has been referred for SMS Hospital in Jaipur", he said.

Bharatpur is almost 125 miles south of New Delhi. TV footage showed anxious relatives standing next to hospital beds.

District Collector NK Gupta said one of the injured people succumbed later taking the toll to 23. "In case they did not have a licence, appropriate action will be taken against them".

The local government has also announced monetary compensation for the deceased.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condoled the deaths and ordered necessary instructions to officers concerned for proper treatment of the injured.

The 12-foot (3.6-metre) high wall collapsed late on Wednesday because of heavy rain, crashing down on the wedding party during dinner in a marriage hall in the western state of Rajasthan, police official Bharat Lal Meena said.

He said the wall was almost 90ft long (27m) and 12-13ft in height and that there were food stalls set up along the wall for the wedding.

A heatwave has swept across many parts of India in recent weeks, with temperatures reaching 44 degrees Celsius in the capital Delhi.

Building collapses are common in India, especially during the annual monsoon season.

In 2013, an illegal building in Mumbai caved in, killing 74 people.

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