Around 22 killed by collapsing wall at Indian wedding

Wall collapse

Wall collapse

"To protect themselves from the rain, some guests tried to stand under a wall, which subsequently collapsed, killing 22 persons initially and injuring over 28 people, out of which two have been critically injured".

The injured were immediately taken to a nearby hospital.

"The wall and a tin shed attached to it at the marriage venue collapsed due to a storm", said Mr Tank. There were four children among those killed.

Then the 80-feet-long (32-meters-long) wall collapsed onto people inside the wedding hall, Bharatpur District Magistrate N.K. Gupta told reporters.

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There were also 26 people injured, 15 of them seriously, with rescue efforts made more hard because of a power cut.

Mr Gupta said one of the managers of the banquet hall had been taken into custody.

The wall - which was about 12 feet high - collapsed along with the shed it held up, effectively trapping people under it. "It was marriage of Kirori Mali who is an employee in the forest department", Vashishth said.The State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) have been informed about the situation and a team from Jaipur is likely to arrive, Addtional SP Satish Chandra said that police vehicles and ambulance are ferrying injured to hospital. The weather suddenly changed and heavy winds started blowing leading to the incident at the Sewar Road.

Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje has condoled the deaths and instructed health officials to extend all possible help to the injured.

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