Team to assess damage caused by temple fireworks

Thiruvananthapuram, April 13 (IANS) Three Kerala ministers will lead a team of experts to study the destruction civilian property suffered due to the deadly fireworks display at a temple in Kollam.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said after the weekly cabinet meeting that there had been “widespread damage” in and around the premises of the Puttingal Devi temple at Paravur town in Kollam district.

“Many homes have suffered damage, wells have become polluted and agriculture crops have been destroyed,” Chandy said, adding the team will visit the area on Thursday.

Ministers Adoor Prakash, Shibhu Baby John and V.S. Sivakumar will meet people and get a detailed report prepared to know the full extent of destruction to civilian property.

This will help the government take necessary steps to address the issue, said Chandy.

At least 113 people have been killed and scores injured after a huge stock of explosives went up in flames in the temple premises early on the morning of Sunday.

Residents say numerous homes in a one-kilometre radius have suffered damage. Fifteen were badly damaged.

“The team will also look into the health issues of people,” said Chandy.

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