Kollam tragedy

Navy, IAF deploy ships, helicopters to help in rescue ops

Kollam-fireworks Debris is seen following a fire and explosion at a temple in Kollam | AP

The Indian Navy and the IAF have deployed six helicopters and one Dornier aircraft to help in rescue operations at the Kerala temple where a fire has left over 90 dead.

The IAF has deployed four choppers including Mi17 and Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH). The Indian Navy is deploying one Dornier and two ALH with medical teams from the southern naval command.

It has also deputed three Naval ships—INS Kabra, Kalpeni and INS Sunayna RPT Sunayna with medical stores to Kollam coast to give medical assistance to the injured.

They will be deployed in consultation with local administrative authorities, a Navy spokesperson said.

Surgical teams have also been put on standby at the Naval command hospital in Kochi.

President condoles loss of lives

President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday expressed heartfelt condolences over the loss of lives in the massive fire at a temple in Kerala.

"Heartfelt condolences on loss of lives in Kerala temple fire," he said in a tweet.

"Urge state government and other agencies to provide all help to bereaved families and medical assistance to the injured," the President said.

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