Seriously injured can move to Delhi, Mumbai: PM Modi

Thiruvananthapuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that those who suffered serious burns during a temple fire disaster in Kerala could be shifted to Delhi and Mumbai. After visiting Peravur town in Kollam district where more than 100 people were killed, Modi said his government stands with the people of Kerala. Making a brief statement at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital after visiting the injured, he said he was deeply grieved over the incident. "We stand by Kerala's grief and we will do everything we can to bring down the misery. The seriously injured can be shifted to hospitals in Mumbai and Delhi," Modi said before leaving for the airport to return to Delhi. He arrived in the state capital earlier and reached Kollam, about 60 km away, in a helicopter. Modi was received by Chandy at Kollam. The prime minister asked Chandy to join him in his vehicle to the temple. Modi spent about 10 minutes walking around the temple complex, where Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala and Lok Sabha member N.K. Premachandran explained to him the sequence of events that led to the tragedy. From the temple, Modi and Chandy drove to the Kollam district hospital where 185 of the injured people are undergoing treatment. He then chaired a meeting with Chandy and senior officials in the state and assured them all support from the central government. The tragedy occurred around 3.30 a.m. when a spark from a firecracker landed on a building where a large quantity of crackers was stored, setting off explosions and a massive blaze. Speaking to reporters at the accident site, Chennithala said the prime minister was very particular about the way unclaimed bodies were to be handled. "He said special care and attention should be taken to see that DNA test is done on such bodies."