Gas explosion in wedding leaves 18 dead in Rajasthan India
Gas explosion in wedding leaves 18 dead in Rajasthan India, A hotel collapsed due to a gas explosion leaving 18 dead during a wedding in Rajasthan

Indian emergency services today recovered the bodies of nine other people in the remains of a hotel that collapsed in the explosion of two gas cylinders during a wedding in the western state of Rajasthan, bringing the total of deaths to 18 .

The detonation was recorded last Friday night in a hotel in the Ajmer district, in the city of Beawar, about 200 kilometers from Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, during the wedding celebrations, which was attended by dozens of guests.

"So far 18 bodies have been recovered," Gaurav Goyal, Ajmer's administrative officer, confirmed on Sunday after the rescue of the nine bodies, mostly of women, according to a report in The Times of India.

According to witnesses, the hotel banquet chef was trying to refill the empty gas cylinder from another tank, when the explosion suddenly occurred, destroying the three-story building almost entirely.

Goyal stressed that Army personnel and rescue services continue to remove piles of concrete and steel to recover the bodies of victims, injured or people who could remain alive.

Among the 18 fatal victims are the mother of the bride and three children, while the majority of the 19 injured confirmed so far are women, including five in serious condition, with burns on a large part of the body.

The Prime Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, visited the day before some of the survivors who were transferred to the hospital with minor injuries, where he announced an indemnification of 200 lakhs to each of the families of the dead.

"The explosion of a cylinder in the celebration of a wedding in Beawar is a nightmare," Raje wrote in his official Twitter account.

Domestic explosions of gas cylinders are common in India, where safety standards are relatively precarious.

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