New Delhi, India — At the very least 13 individuals died after falling right into a properly at a marriage in northern India Wednesday evening, authorities stated.
They had been sitting on a concrete slab that lined an previous village properly when it collapsed beneath their weight, senior police officer Akhil Kumar instructed the information company ANI.
Seven girls and 6 women — together with the toddler — misplaced their lives. At the very least two different individuals who additionally fell in had been handled at a hospital within the Kushinagar district in state of Uttar Pradesh, the place the ceremony was being held.
Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh | Visuals from the spot the place 13 girls misplaced their lives throughout a marriage occasion final nightThe incident occurred throughout a marriage program whereby some individuals had been sitting on a slab of a properly & on account of heavy load,the slab broke, police official stated pic.twitter.com/LmPDQh3lOo
— ANI (@ANI) February 17, 2022
All had been friends at a pre-wedding Haldi ceremony, an Indian custom wherein turmeric paste is placed on the faces, and typically the our bodies of the bride and groom.
Footage from a hospital confirmed family of the victims, nonetheless wearing marriage ceremony attire, mourning.
Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi described the incident as “heart-wrenching” on Twitter.
State officers introduced compensation of 400,000 Indian rupees ($5,330) for the households of the useless. Modi introduced a separate compensation of 200,000 Indian rupees ($2,665) for the households of the useless and 50,000 rupees ($666) for the injured.
Indian weddings are often grand ceremonies of feasts, music and dance attended by tons of of friends with celebrations lasting for days.