Wall collapse kills 23 during wedding celebration in Rajasthan

Published On: May 11, 2017 04:35 PM NPT By: Reuters

Twenty-three people were killed and 30 injured in Rajasthan when a wall collapsed on a crowd of people celebrating a wedding, police said on Thursday.

The 12-foot (3.6-metre) high wall collapsed late on Wednesday because of heavy rain, crashing down on the wedding party during dinner in a marriage hall, police official Bharat Lal Meena said.

Five children were among the dead, Meena said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a Twitter post he was pained by the accident. Weddings are elaborate affairs in India with even people of modest income inviting large numbers of guests to receptions, often in purpose-built halls.

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