Kochi | Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today termed as unprecedented and alarming the situation at the Puttingal Devi temple where an explosion took place during a festival leaving over 102 dead. Chandy, who cancelled all his scheduled poll programmes, is on his way to the accident site. Rescue operation at the mishap spot is over.
The next main focus of the government is to provide best treatment to the injured, he said. Asked about the death toll, the Chief Minister said the number would go up as reports are pouring in from different hospitals, where the injured have been admitted. This is an unprecedented and alarming situation, Chandy said.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said, medical assurance is the first priority. He has also asked the private and public hospitals in an around the area to be ready with doctors.
Chandy said he has asked the Prime Minister to provide two helicopters at Kollam to ferry to shift seriously injured persons.
Meanwhile State government has promised to give all the assistance to the injured. The treatment will be free.
Chandy has also promised to announce a judicial probe soon and to provide the injured with financial helps too and compensation will be provided. Cabinet meeting will take place by 3 pm today.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said he has been informed by the state health minister that the death toll has gone beyond 100.
The condition of some of the injured is stated to very serious and the injured have been admitted to various hospitals in and around Kollam and in Thiruvananthapuram, he said.
The government would extend treatment facilities to the injured persons in the hospitals preferred by their relatives, he said. The State Chief Secretary has been asked to write a letter to the Election Commission for necessary sanction to exclude the treatment facilities to the injured from the ambit of the Election Code of Conduct, he said.
At least 102 people were killed and 200 injured when an explosion took place at the Puttingal Devi temple during a festival at Paravoor at around 3 AM. As the temple festival was on, fireworks display had commenced at the temple precincts since midnight and hundreds of people had gathered to watch the show.