A major fire at Puttingal temple in Paravaur (Kollam) Kerala has left at least a 100 dead and over 200 injured.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the incident was unprecedented and alarming, adding that the rescue operations at the temple were over.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his way to Kerala, where he will visit those injured.
Here are some of the reactions that poured in
President Pranab Mukherjee: Heartfelt condolences on loss of lives in Kerala temple fire. Urge state government and other agencies to provide all help to bereaved families and medical assistance to the injured.
PM Narendra Modi: Fire at temple in Kollam is heart-rending and shocking beyond words. My thoughts are with families of the deceased and prayers are with the injured. I will be reaching Kerala soon. Have also asked my Cabinet colleague & Health Minister Nadda to immediately reach the site of the fire tragedy in Kollam.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh: My heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died in the Kollam mishap. My prayers are with the injured
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Kerala CM Oommen Chandy: This is an unprecedented and alarming situation… Rescue operations are over and we are concentrating on giving the best treatment to all the persons admitted in the hospitals. So we are giving assistance to private hospitals and all the expert doctors have been asked to join duty because Sunday possibly they are on leave.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi: My prayers are with the families of those who have lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy. Spoke to CM Oommen Chandy to ensure that adequate relief, medical care and assistance is being provided to the injured at the earliest.
Health Minister JP Nadda: Extremely sad at the loss of lives in fire tragedy at Puttingal Devi temple in Kollam district. My prayers are with the injured. Rushing to the site of fire tragedy.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar: Shocked to learn about an unprecedented fire at Puttingal Temple, Kollam (Kerala). Deep condolences to family members of the deceased.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal: Very sad to hear such tragic news. Prayers with all victims.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee: Very sad news from Kerala. My deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones. Prayers for those injured.
Anil Kumble: Saddened to hear about the tragic Kollam incident. Prayer goes out to everyone affected.
Sachin Tendulkar: Shaken by the tragic news of Kollam. Thoughts and prayers go out to those affected. May God give us strength and resolve to bear this loss.