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Uttar Pradesh: 23 dead, 15 injured in roof collapse at Ghaziabad cremation ground

The roof collapsed when several people had taken shelter at the structure while it rained. 

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 3, 2021 8:41:58 pm
Ghaziabad: Rescue operation carried out after the complex roof of a crematorium collapsed due to heavy rain, at Muradnagar in Ghaziabad, Sunday, Jan. 03, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_03_2021_000045B)

The roof of a shelter at a cremation ground in Uttar Pradesh’s Muradnagar collapsed on Sunday, killing atleast 23 people and injuring 15 others. The roof collapsed when several people had taken shelter at the structure while it rained.

Most of them were relatives of Jai Ram, who was being cremated at that time, PTI reported. The number of injured could have been higher as some others were taken away from the shelter by their relatives. Rescue workers and a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team sifted through the rubble for hours to ensure that more victims were not trapped there.

“About 38 people have been rescued after a shed collapsed in Muradnagar. We’ve started a probe and we’ll take strict action against those found guilty,” ANI quoted Anita C Meshram, Divisional Commissioner, Meerut, as saying.

The people who were injured are undergoing treatment at different hospitals. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the loss of lives and also announced Rs 2 lakh financial relief for the families of the deceased. The CM also directed the Meerut Divisional Commissioner and ADG Meerut zone to submit a report.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to the family of the deceased.  “The news of the unfortunate incident in Muradnagar in Uttar Pradesh has been deeply saddening. The state government is engaged in relief and rescue operations. Convey my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this accident and wish speedy recovery to the injured,” he tweeted.

“My condolences to the family of the deceased. I pray that those hurt in this accident get well soon. Local administration is working for relief & assistance,” President Ram Nath Kovind said in a tweet.

Union Minister V K Singh, who is the MP from Ghaziabad, and several senior police and administration officials visited the site later in the day. Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Atul Garg, who is the local BJP MLA, met some of the injured at the government hospital.

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