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Official: At least 60 people dead in India temple fire

Hospitals in Kollam were reportedly stretched to the limit by the number of casualties. Credit: RTV

At least 60 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in a fire at a Hindu temple in the south of India, according to a local state official.

Local media said the blaze at Puttingal temple in Kerala was caused by a spark from a firework which set fire to a stock of fireworks held for celebrations.

Thousands of people were packed into the temple and the narrow lanes around it for the display to mark the start of the Hindu new year that began at midnight and went on for hours.

"More than 60 people have died, that is the information which we have so far," state home minister Ramesh Chennithala said.

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