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PM reaches out to Kollam

New Delhi: Prime Narendra Modi has expressed sadness and shock over the fire tragedy that happened at a temple in Kollam of Kerala today morning. The prime minister will be rushing to Kerala to take stock of the situation arising due to the unfortunate incident.

“Fire at temple in Kollam is heart-rending and shocking beyond words. My thoughts are with families of the deceased and prayers with the injured.

Spoke to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy about the fire at a temple in Kollam. Arranging for immediate shifting of those critically injured via helicopter.

Have also asked my Cabinet colleague and Health Minister to immediately reach the site of the fire tragedy in Kollam.

I will be reaching Kerala soon to take stock of the situation arising due to the unfortunate fire tragedy in Kollam”, the Prime Minister said in a series of tweets.

The prime minister has announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the fire in Kollam. The prime minister also announced a solatium of Rs. 50,000 to those who are injured in the fire.

The prime minister is constantly monitoring the situation and is in touch with officials. He has asked airforce and navy to assist in making arrangements for immediate shifting of critically injured via helicopter. The prime minister will be travelling to Kerala soon and has directed that no formalities be observed on his arrival in Kerala and focus remains on relief and operations. A team of doctors including burn specialists will accompany the prime minister to Kerala.

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Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has expressed deep sorrow over the tragic of lives at Puttingal temple at Paravaur in Kollam District, Kerala, here today. The Vice President has conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. He wished speedy recovery to the injured.

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