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Kollam tragedy: Pune Keralites lend a helping hand

To send doctors to treat injured, check for kin of victims, seek ban on firecrackers during festivals

People walk past debris after a fire broke out at a temple in Kollam in the southern state of Kerala, India, April 10, 2016. A huge fire swept through a temple in India's southern Kerala state early on Sunday (April 10), killing nearly 80 people and injuring over 200 gathered for a fireworks display to mark the start of the local Hindu new year. REUTERS/Sivaram V
People walk past debris after a fire broke out at a temple in Kollam in the southern state of Kerala, India, April 10, 2016. A huge fire swept through a temple in India’s southern Kerala state early on Sunday (April 10), killing nearly 80 people and injuring over 200 gathered for a fireworks display to mark the start of the local Hindu new year. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Pune Keralites will be extending their help to the Kollam tragedy by sending a team of medical doctors to Kerala to help the injured in the Puttingal temple fire. Expressing shock over the tragedy, Pune Malayalee Association member K Harinarayan said that they are in touch with all the organisations to check for relatives of the victims and whether anyone is from Pune.

At least 107 people were killed and hundreds admitted to hospitals in Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram after a massive fire broke out during fireworks at the temple. Harinarayan said that they would make an appeal to the chief minister of Kerala to stop such fireworks during such festivals.

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“Many temples have such festivities and it needs to be stopped. Only some exhibitory fireworks should be permitted. The organisers should also avoid using elephants who have to bear the increasing heat wave conditions during these festivals,’’ Harinarayan said. A note will be readied and forwarded to the Kerala CM on the issue, he added.

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“We want to request the government to ban the use of such high explosives at all religious functions and temples, as well as use of elephants,’’ Harinarayan further said. Association members have planned to visit the accident site and hospitals and extend their help to their fellow Malayalees.

The tragedy occurred during Meenabharani celebrations at the temple where fireworks are used to provide a visual treat to devotees. A massive display of fireworks was put up which sees thousands of people assemble at the temple grounds to witness the spectacle. It is also believed that there is a fireworks face-off between different clubs every year.

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