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Over 20 people fall into stepwell at Indore temple, 10 rescued; Rescue, relief ops on

News Agencies | Updated on: 30 March 2023, 15:40 IST
Stepwell collapses at Indore temple

Indore (Madhya Pradesh): More than 20 people, including women and children, are feared trapped, following the collapse of the roof of a stepwell at a temple in Madhya Pradesh's Indore on Thursday.

The incident took place during Ram Navami celebrations at the Beleshwar Mahadev Jhulelal Temple in the Patel Nagar area. Police and locals were seen trying to rescue the devotees trapped inside the well.


Indore Temple Accident (ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to state that he has spoken to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan about the mishap. "Extremely pained by the mishap in Indore. Spoke to CM @ChouhanShivraj Ji and took an update on the situation. The State Government is spearheading rescue and relief work at a quick pace. My prayers are with all those affected and their families," PM Modi said.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that he has taken cognizance of the incident and termed the incident "unfortunate". He said that 10 people have been rescued so far while nine of them continue to remain trapped inside the stepwell. "It's an unfortunate incident. A rescue operation is underway. 10 people were rescued safely while nine are still trapped and will be rescued. Efforts are underway to rescue other people", said the chief minister according to a statement from his office. 

The chief minister's office had in a statement earlier said the eight people were evacuated and rushed to the hospital while local administration including police, district administration, and SDRF were involved in the rescue operation. 


First published: 30 March 2023, 15:40 IST