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Puttingal temple fire: Nawaz Sharif calls up PM Modi, expresses grief over tragedy

PTI 11 Apr 2016, 0:01:28 IST

New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tonight called up Premier Narendra Modi to offer condolences over the Kerala fire tragedy.

Sharif called up Prime Minister Modi to express grief over the temple fire tragedy in Kerala, a PMO official said.

Expressing gratitude, Modi offered his condolences to Sharif over the loss of lives and property due to today's earthquake in Pakistan.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan had extended "deep condolences" over the pre-dawn disaster that has claimed 106 lives so far.

"The people and the government of Pakistan express their deep condolences on the loss of precious lives, resulting from a fire in the temple," Pakistan's Foreign Office said.

"Our sympathies are with the bereaved families. We wish early recovery to all injured people," it said.

The fire mishap at the Puttingal Devi Temple in Kerala's Kollam district during a display of fireworks left 110 people dead and 350 others injured.

The tragedy occurred at about 3.30 a.m. in the coastal town of Peravur when a spark from an exploding firecracker landed on a building where a vast quantity of crackers had been stored, setting off explosions and a massive blaze that brought down the structure, witnesses said.