In a tragic accident on Wednesday night, a Wedding hall in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan collapsed killing 23 and injuring 28 people.
Rescue operations are on full swing, many are said to be critically injured and are taken to the hospital.
“The building collapsed due to dust storm and people were stuck in debris. Some locals intimated about the incident and a rescue team rushed to the spot,” Alok Vashishth, the inspector general of police said.
“As per the official figures, 23 people including 11 men, 8 women and 4 children were killed. The number of injured stands at 28. Many were trapped and due to heavy dust-storm there is acute power cut as well. The rescue operation is on,” he said.
The baarat had gone to Bharatpur’s Annapoorna Marriage Garden from Jaipur’s Johari Bazaar area. The groom was Kirori Mali who is an employee in the state’s forest department.
“The State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) have been informed about the situation and a team from Jaipur is likely to arrive, Additional SP Satish Chandra said. Police vehicles and ambulances are ferrying injured to the hospital but the entire area is enveloped in complete darkness after electricity poles were uprooted in the heavy wind and rains,” he added.