India: 11 people die after being electrocuted as truck hits power line at Hindu festival

·1-min read

Eleven people have died after being electrocuted at a Hindu festival parade in southern India, police say.

The tragedy happened in Thanjavur when their crowded truck, which was decorated as a temple chariot, touched an overhead power line and was set on fire by an electrical spark, the New Delhi Television channel reported.

Three other people suffered burns and were treated in hospital in the city.

India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, tweeted that he was "deeply pained by the mishap" in Thanjavur.

"My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief. I hope those injured recover soon," he added.

The temple chariot procession was organised by a local temple and took place about 210 miles south of Chennai, the state capital of Tamil Nadu.

The city of Thanjavur is known for its old temples and is an important centre of Indian religion, art and architecture.

Read more:
Three people die after cable car accident in India
Well collapse at wedding in India kills 13 people

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting