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13 Including women, children died after falling in a well during wedding rituals in UP

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Kushinagar: Wedding celebrations end in tragedy, at least 13 women died after drowning in well, late on Wednesday, during a ‘haldi’ ceremony in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar. The incident reportedly took place when the women and girls were standing by the railing around the well and sitting on the slab, and unable to bear weight, the iron mesh gave way. The incident took place in Nebua Naurangiya police circle.

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On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended condolences to the family of those who lost their lives in the Kushinagar incident, saying “possible help being given by local administration.”

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Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief at the loss of lives in the mishap. He has directed authorities to step up rescue and relief operations and provide treatment to the wounded.

Around 15 women were rescued by villagers and the police, while 13 others could not be saved in time. “During a wedding programme, some people were sitting on a slab of a well and due to heavy load, the slab broke. An ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh will be given to the kin of the deceased,” said S Rajalingam, the District Magistrate of Kushinagar. Akhil Kumar, ADG, Gorakhpur Zone, also confirmed the same. Initially reports said 11 women were dead, but the toll climbed to 13 later.

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Rescue operations were underway till past midnight with senior officers monitoring the situation on the ground.

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