Rescue operation carried out by NDRF personnel after the roof of a crematorium collapsed due to heavy rain, at Muradnagar in Ghaziabad on Sunday. (PTI)
GHAZIABAD (UP) :
TWENTY-THREE people, most of them attending a funeral, were killed and 15 others injured when the roof of a shelter at a cremation ground in Uttar Pradesh’s Muradnagar collapsed on Sunday, police said. Several people had taken shelter under the recently constructed structure while it rained.
The dead, all of them men, were mostly relatives or neighbours of Jai Ram, who was being cremated at that time, officials said. Rescue workers sifted through the building’s rubble for hours to ensure that more victims were not trapped there. The local people were the first to arrive at the cremation ground in Muradnagar’s Ukhlarsi village in Ghaziabad district, adjoining the national capital. Police followed by a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) unit then reached the spot, pulling out the dead and the injured from the debris.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the loss of lives. He announced Rs 2 lakh as financial relief for the families of each man killed. PM expresses sadness over deaths in roof collapse: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed sadness over the death of 23 people when the roof of a shelter at a cremation ground in Uttar Pradesh’s Muradnagar collapsed on Sunday, and conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased.