At least 25 people were killed and 20 others were injured as the roof of a structure in a cemetery in Muradnagar area collapsed while they were sheltering under it amid heavy rains after attending a funeral on Sunday, officials said.
The incident was reported in the morning when around 50 people, who came for the last rites of a fruit-seller, took shelter under the roof of a recently-built corridor to save themselves from getting drenched. However, minutes later, the roof of the structure collapsed.
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were called to join the police and district administration for the operation to rescue those trapped under the debris as well as extricate the bodies of the deceased victims.
Ghaziabad Superintendent of Police Abhishek Verma said that of the 20 injured, eight are in a critical condition and are being treated in different hospitals.
“The corridor was almost 25 feet long and prima facie it seems it came down because of the heavy downpour,” Verma said.