Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will chair a meeting with the MLAs over the ongoing anti-encroachment drives in Delhi. This comes days after clashes broke out between locals and Delhi Police personnel during an anti-encroachment drive by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) in Madanpur Khadar on Thursday. The Police said AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan was arrested while 12 residents, including a woman and her minor daughter, were detained.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each for families of those who died in the fire in Mundka on Friday. Those who have sustained injuries will be given Rs 50,000 as compensation. Kejriwal has also ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.
On the weather front, heatwave conditions are predicted for the national capital on Sunday, when the maximum temperature could settle at around 45 degree Celsius. At the Safdarjung weather observatory, which provides a marker for the city, the maximum temperature recorded on Saturday was 44.2 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal for this time of the year.
Delhi Mundka Fire Tragedy Live Updates today:
When the fire department first received a call about the Mundka blaze, they were under the impression that it is a factory unit and not an office complex with over a hundred trapped inside.
Atul Garg, Delhi Fire Services Chief, said they first received a call at 4.40 pm and were informed the location was a factory. “Assuming it was a factory fire, we sent 10 fire tenders to the spot. We weren’t told about the number of people trapped inside. The fire broke out on the first floor and spread to other floors within an hour. We found that people were trapped inside. It’s an office space where WiFi routers, CCTVs and other devices are stored. We called cranes and ambulances for help. At present, 30 fire tenders are working at the spot to contain the fire and rescue people,” Garg told The Indian Express on Friday night.
In a narrow space between ambulances and firetrucks, Ajay Daksh stood watching the crane put out fire at an office complex in Mundka. For five hours, he had been shuttling between the building and the nearest hospitals in search of his sister.
“I came to know through people that there was a fire in the office where my sister works. I have been watching the flames and the rescue operation but I do not have any idea where my sister is. Bodies are being pulled out and I just hope I do not have to see the worst,” said Ajay as he chased an ambulance to try and catch a glimpse of yet another body being taken away.