Uttar Pradesh, India | Thirteen women and girls have died after accidentally falling down a well during a marriage celebrations in northern India, police said,in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Police said many of the victims died instantly from the fall. They were all women or children, according to media reports.
The wedding guests were sat on a metal slab covering the well when it collapsed under their combined weight.
The victims were sitting on an iron slab covering the well on Wednesday when it gave way, senior police officer Akhil Kumar told reporters in Kushinagar.
The women and children had gathered to take part in a marriage ritual in their village. The well was more than 15 meters (50 feet) deep, said Muralidhar Singh, a rescuer
District magistrate S. Rajalingam said the well was old and could not take the weight of those sitting on the covering. “The victims fell down and were crushed under the debris,” he said on Thursday.
The incident happened on Wednesday evening in the Kushinagar district during a traditional “haldi” ceremony. This is where relatives apply turmeric paste to the face of the bride and groom as a mark of prosperity.
Police officer Akhil Kumar spoke to news agency ANI and explained the incident.
“The incident occurred last night around 8:30 p.m. in Nebua Naurangia, Kushinagar, during a wedding program when some people were sitting on a slab covering a well. The slab broke under their weight,” he said.
Other guests attempted to rescue the victims when the slab broke. Eleven were declared dead at the scene, while two others were sent to a hospital where they died of their injuries. The guests attempted to use ladders and ropes to help get the victims out of the well.
At least 10 other people were also injured in the incident. Police said these individuals have been hospitalized but it is unclear what condition they are in.
Local media reported the victims were taken to hospital, where 13 people were declared dead. Two people suffered serious injuries in the incident. Images from the hospital showed relatives, still in their wedding clothes mourning their loved ones, NDTV reported.
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