At Least 23 Killed as Crematorium Roof Collapses in Ghabziabad Village, CM Yogi Gives Ex-gratia of Rs 2L
Search and rescue operation by NDRF in Muradnagar. (Image courtest: @VasantPawade)
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. Apart from the 23 dead, 15 people were admitted at different hospitals, Ghaziabad (Rural) Superintendent of Police Iraj Raja said. At least 18 of the dead had been identified by the evening.
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. The chief minister also directed Meerut's Divisional Commissioner and Additional Director General of the police zone to submit a report on the incident. Union minister V K Singh, who is a Member of Parliament from Ghaziabad, and several senior police and administration officials visited the accident site.
Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Atul Garg, who is the local BJP MLA, met some of the injured at the government hospital here.
Defence minister and MP from Lucknow Rajnath Singh expressed anguish at the incident and extended condolence to the family of those killed.
ग़ाज़ियाबाद के मुरादनगर में श्मशान घाट की छत गिर जाने के कारण कई लोगों की मृत्यु के समाचार से मुझे अत्यंत दुख पहुंचा है। दुख की इस घड़ी में मैं मृतकों के परिजनों के प्रति अपनी संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूं, साथ ही कामना करता हूं कि हादसे में घायल हुए लोग जल्द से जल्द स्वस्थ हों।— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) January 3, 2021
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot tweeted, "Saddened to know several people have lost lives when the roof of a shelter at a cremation ground in #UttarPradesh's Muradnagar collapsed. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. May God give them strength. Prayers for speedy recovery of those injured."