13 killed after falling down well during marriage celebrations in India


Thirteen women and girls died after accidentally falling down a well during marriage celebrations in northern India, police said on Thursday.

The victims were sitting on an iron slab cover-ing the well on Wednesday when it gave way, sen-ior police officer Akhil Kumar told reporters in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh state.

District magistrate S. Rajalingam said the well was old and could not take the weight of those sit-ting on the covering. “The victims fell down and were crushed under the debris,” he said. The women and children had gathered to take part in a marriage ritual in their village.—AFP


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