PM Modi To Visit Kerala Temple Fire Site, Announces Compensation

10/04/2016 10:08 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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KOLKATA, INDIA APRIL 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during a public rally for election campaign at Asansol, on April 7, 2016 in Kolkata, West Bengal. Modi said the Kolkata flyover tragedy, in which 26 people were killed last week, was 'God's message to people to save Bengal from the Trinamool Congress'. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he said, was 'shamelessly' playing politics over the deaths. Speaking at Madarihat in the North Bengal Dooars tea belt, Modi turned the construction companys excuse into a sharp barb aimed at the ruling Trinamool Congress. (Photo by Ashok Nath Dey/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit the Kerala temple in Kollam today where a massive fire in the wee hours of the morning claimed 96 lives and injured over 350 people.

He added that he had spoken to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy about the situation and has arranged for immediate shifting of those critically injured via helicopters. A team of burn specialist doctors will be traveling with the PM to to Kollam.

"Have also asked my Cabinet colleague and Health Minister JP Nadda to immediately reach the site of the fire tragedy in Kollam," he said.

The PM has also announced ₹2 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of the deceased and ₹50,000 for the critically injured, a government spokesperson told ANI.

The PM has instructed that no official welcome protocols should be followed on his arrival.

The tragedy at the Puttingal Devi Temple in Kollam took place when the fire broke out during a display of fireworks.

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