Kerala blasts: Death toll rises to two, 6 others in critical condition
Kerala blasts: The death toll in Kerala blast rose to two as one more woman succumbed to her injuries, officials said.
According to the Kerala Public Relations Department, a 53-year-old woman who was receiving treatment at the Kalamassery Hospital died as a result of her burn injuries.
"Kumari, a native of Thodupuzha in Idukki, who had taken part in the convention, passed away after suffering more than 90 per cent burns from the blast," it stated.
Meanwhile, state Minister P Rajeev on Sunday said that efforts are underway to save the lives of all the injured. Kerala Police is conducting the investigation into the blast that took place at the Convention Centre in Ernakulum district, he added.
Speaking to the media on Sunday evening, the minister stated that six people admitted to the hospital are in "critical condition." A total of 8 people have been injured and are being treated.
"Police are conducting the investigation...we can only reach some conclusions after a thorough investigation. 6 people are currently in critical condition, total of 18 are admitted in the ICU. Efforts are underway to save the lives of all the injured," the state law minister added.
He also stated that in the aftermath of the blasts, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called an all-party meeting on Monday.
The minister also urged the public to avoid fake social media campaigns.
"Everyone must refrain from fake social media campaigns...Kerala always faces such situations with unity..." said the minister.
At around 9:00 a.m., multiple explosions occurred at a Jehovah's Witness prayer meeting in the Kalamassery area of Kochi.
According to police, the explosions killed one woman and injured over 45 people.
- PTC NEWS