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Kerala temple fire: 10 IAF aircraft being used for ferrying seriously injured

PTI
Published Apr 10, 2016, 3:51 pm IST
Updated Apr 10, 2016, 3:51 pm IST
102 were killed and over 280 injured in a major fire that broke out in the Puttingal Devi Temple complex early morning on Sunday.
The Indian Air Force is making all out efforts to transport the victims as soon as possible to the nearby hospitals at Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram, a defence statement said. (Photo: Rakesh Nair)
 The Indian Air Force is making all out efforts to transport the victims as soon as possible to the nearby hospitals at Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram, a defence statement said. (Photo: Rakesh Nair)

Kollam: Ten IAF aircraft was on Sunday pressed into service to transport to hospitals the seriously injured in the major fire mishap at the Puttingal Devi temple near here which has claimed 102 lives.

The Indian Air Force is making all out efforts to transport the victims as soon as possible to the nearby hospitals at Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram, a defence statement said.

 

A total of 10 transport aircraft and helicopters have been pressed into service. All the aircraft have been deployed in Air Ambulance role to ferry the victims to nearby hospitals, it said.

The aircraft are operating in close coordination with local civil authorities under overall command of Southern Air Command at Thiruvananthapuram as the Nodal Operational Centre to provide succour to the affected people, it said.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Arakkonam near Chennai in Tamil Nadu and medical teams are also being brought to provide timely medical relief to the victims.

 

102 were killed and over 280 injured in a major fire that broke out in the Puttingal Devi Temple complex early morning today during a display of fireworks for which there was no permission from authorities.

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