2 killed, several injured as 200-year-old peepal tree falls on people in Haridwar

2 killed, several injured as 200-year-old peepal tree falls on people in Haridwar

By India Today News Desk: As many as two people were killed and several others were injured after a 200-year-old tree fell on them in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar on Tuesday. The incident happened in Haridwar’s Jwalapur area near Ansari market. A tourist from Sonipat died after a tree fell on him near Chamgadar Tapu, police said.

Police and district administration officials immediately rushed to the spot and started rescue operations as many people were buried under it. The tree fell on people due to rain and storm and the victims were taken to a government hospital for medical treatment, police said.

“Due to rain and storm, a 200-year-old tree fell in the Jwalapur area & many people got buried under it. All four people have been rescued & sent to a govt hospital. A tourist from Sonipat died after a tree fell on him near Chamgadar Tapu,” Ajay Singh, SSP Haridwar told ANI.

“5 people were brought here. 2 people have died. One patient has been referred to AIIMS Rishikesh,” said Dr Anas Zahid, Harmilap Mission Government Hospital, Haridwar.

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In April, seven people died and 29 others were injured after a large tree fell on a shed inside the premises of a temple in Paras village in Maharashtra’s Akola district. The incident took place when a large number of people had gathered at the Babuji Maharaj Mandir for the evening aarti and the dukh nivaran (grievance redressal) programme.

Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis condoled the deaths and announced that the Maharashtra government will provide financial aid to the families of those who died in the mishap.

(With inputs from Mudit)

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