Heavy Rain Kills 14 People In India

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At least 14 people have lost their lives and more than 50 injured when heavy rain and strong winds caused a huge tent to collapse in the Indian state of Rajasthan on Sunday.

According to reports, some were electrocuted by live wires as the tent caved in, and others killed by falling debris.

Some 300 people had gathered inside the tent for a religious event. The collapse took place in the Barmer district of the north-western state.

The state’s disaster management and relief minister Bhanwar Lal Meghwal questioned why organisers had not switched off the power supply in view of the wet weather.

An investigation has been launched into the incident.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the incident “unfortunate” in a tweet on Sunday, saying his thoughts were “with the bereaved families”.

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