- PM Modi is in Kollam with a team of 15 specialist doctors from Delhi
- PM Modi tweeted that the tragedy was 'heart-rending and shocking'
- Over 100 died, 380 injured in massive fire at Puttingal Temple in Kollam
PM Modi, who tweeted this morning that the fire was "heart-rending and shocking", had asked the state government not to stand on ceremony for his visit to the coastal city 60 km from Thiruvananthapuram.
The fire broke out around 3 am during a fireworks display at a ground next to the temple packed with 10,000 to 15,000 people attending a festival. Officials say a spark during the fireworks - for which the temple allegedly had been denied permission - ignited a batch of firecrackers stored in a building near the temple, around which people were gathered. (Pictures)
The fire erupted with a huge explosion in which the roof of the temple was ripped off.
The Prime Minister has asked the Navy to send helicopters for rescue efforts.
A Navy ship and six helicopters and one Dornier aircraft of the Navy and the Air Force are involved in the rescue.
The Prime Minister has announced Rs 2 lakh each as compensation to the next of the kin of the dead in Kollam temple fire; Rs 50,000 to those injured.