250 kite flying accidents mark Makar Sakranti in Rajasthan

Last Updated: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 16:55

Jaipur: Over 250 people, including several
children, were injured in separate kite-flying related
incidents in the city on the occasion of Makar Sakranti,
according to hospital officials.

Around 30 children were rushed to different hospitals
after they accidentally fell from their roofs while flying
kites in different parts of the city.

Some of them were also treated for injuries caused by the
glass coated kite strings or `manjha`. 70 such cases were
reported in Sawai Man Singh government hospital till last
evening.

Several other hospitals, including Jaipur government
hospital, satellite hospitals and private hospitals also
received such cases.

Meanwhile, several birds, mostly pigeons, also received
injuries due to the glass coated `Manjhas`.

"We rescued 81 birds of which 16 died yesterday. Number
of injured birds will increase by Sunday as kite flying will
also take place on Saturday and Sunday," a bird lover Rohit
Gangwal, who also runs an NGO said.

Several other NGOs and veterinary hospitals here are also
making arrangements for treating injured birds.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 16:55

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