Over 20 injured in firecracker explosion during Jagannath festival in Odisha

More than 20 devotees suffered burn injuries after firecrackers exploded during Lord Jagannath's Chandan Yatra festival in Odisha's Puri on Wednesday night.
Over 20 injured in firecracker explosion during Jagannath festival in Odisha
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More than 20 devotees suffered burn injuries after firecrackers exploded during Lord Jagannath's Chandan Yatra festival in Odisha's Puri on Wednesday night. The condition of several injured individuals is reported to be critical.

The incident happened at 'Chapa Khela' event of the Trinity at Narendra pond as part of the Chandan Yatra celebrations.

Hundreds of devotees had gathered to watch the water sports in the holy pond when sparks from the burning crackers fell on them. All the injured were immediately taken to the district headquarters hospital, but were later referred to other facilities due to the hospital's lack of a dedicated burn unit.

18 critical patients were reportedly shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. Some patients were transferred to hospitals in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar for more specialized care.

"Our first priority is shifting the patients to hospital. Patients are being shifted and the burn unit of SCB has been contacted for treatment," said Puri SP Pinak Mishra.

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Over 20 injured in firecracker explosion during Jagannath festival in Odisha

Local residents expressed frustration over the inadequate medical response, citing a shortage of doctors at the district hospital.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his grief over the incident, "Sorry to hear about the accident near Puri Narendra pond. The Chief Secretary and the district administration have been directed to ensure proper treatment of the injured and monitor their treatment. All the medical expenses of the injured will be borne from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. Wishing everyone a speedy recovery."

Cops and district officials visited the hospital to oversee the situation and ensure that the injured receive the necessary medical attention.

Source: India Today

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