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14 killed in tent collapse in religious event in Rajasthan

BARMER (India): At least 14 people were killed when a huge tent collapsed due to heavy rain and strong wind in the Rajasthan state of India.

According to local police, more than 50 people were also injured in the incident.

Some were electrocuted by live wires as the tent caved in, and others killed by falling debris.

Indian media reported that some 300 people had gathered inside the tent for a religious event.

The collapse took place in the Barmer district of the north-western state.

The dead bodies and injured were shifted to a local hospital.

The state’s disaster management and relief minister Bhanwar Lal Meghwal questioned why organisers had not switched off the power supply in view of the wet weather.

An investigation has been launched into the incident.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the incident “unfortunate” in a tweet on Sunday, saying his thoughts were “with the bereaved families”.