PM Modi expresses anguish over loss of lives at Kumbh Mela
The rain made large parts of the Mela ground slushy, making the rescue operation difficult.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed anguish over the loss of lives at the ongoing Simhatha Kumbh Mela in Madhya Pradesh and hoped for the early recovery of those injured.
"Anguished over the loss of lives at the Kumbh due to heavy rains. May Almighty give strength to the bereaved families to overcome the grief," he tweeted.
"I hope the injured recover quickly. I pray for the safety & well-being of all saints, pilgrims and tourists at the Kumbh," Modi said in another tweet.
At least six people were killed and 40 injured as the Kumbh Mela in Ujjain was hit by lightning and squall, flattening and uprooting pilgrims' tents.
The rain made large parts of the Mela ground slushy, making the rescue operation difficult. Authorities have cut off the electricity supply to the area as a precautionary measure.