August 27, 2006

Forty-seven die in water tank accident in India

JAIPUR, India (Reuters) - Forty-seven people were killed
and 30 injured on Sunday when a water storage tank they were
sitting on collapsed in the western Indian state of Rajasthan,
a government official said.

The incident took place about 6 p.m. (1230 GMT) in Kama
town of Bharatpur district, about 200 km (125 miles) east of
the state capital, Jaipur.

The group was using the concrete water tank, meant to store
water for the area, as a stand to watch a wrestling match.

Eight people were being treated in a local hospital while
the rest had been discharged, R. Venkateshwaran, the area's top
administrator, said, adding the death toll was unlikely to

"The tank on which they were sitting collapsed due to the
weight," he said. "All of them fell into the tank which had
very little water. They died as the concrete fell on them."

The wrestling match was part of a local annual festival in
the small town. The festival was called off for the day.