Thursday 23 November 2017

Wall collapses on wedding guests sheltering from dust storm killing 22

Indian wedding ceremony. Picture: Deposit Photos
Indian wedding ceremony. Picture: Deposit Photos

A building wall has collapsed on to guests at a wedding in western India, killing at least 22 people, police said.

Hundreds of guests were having dinner or assembling on outdoor lawns when a strong dust storm blew into the area, forcing people on the lawns to go indoors.

Then the 80ft-long wall collapsed on to people inside the wedding hall, Bharatpur district magistrate NK Gupta told reporters.

Another 28 people were injured and taken to hospital, police officer Anil Tank told Press Trust of India.

The district is in Rajasthan state nearly 125 miles south of New Delhi.

A power outage hampered rescue work. It was not clear if the dust storm was a factor.

Building collapses are common in India, where high demand for housing and lax regulations have encouraged some builders to cut corners, use substandard materials or add unauthorised extra floors.

In 2013, a building being constructed illegally in Mumbai caved in, killing 74 people in the country's worst building collapse in decades.

Press Association

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