Kurnool: A portion of a terrace fell during a Muharram procession on Monday night at Bandameedi Thandrapadu village in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool district.
Around 20 people were injured in the incident and had to be rushed to Kurnool Government General Hospital.
According to a video of the unfortunate incident, the roof extension of a building collapsed, which caused people standing underneath it to get injured. Of the 20 people who were injured, five reportedly sustained head and bone fractures.
Reports suggested that the incident took place at a function organized by the villagers on the occasion of Muharram. Several people gathered at the function and some of them stood at the house rooftops to watch the function. However, an extension of the roof of a house collapsed suddenly resulting in people standing atop the roof to fall down with it.
The short video of the Kurnool roof collapse went viral on social media on Tuesday. Muharram marks the beginning of a new year in the Islamic calendar. The month of Muharram is said to be the second-most sacred month after Ramzan in Islam.
In another incident, a boy was killed and three other children and women were seriously injured after a roof collapsed in West Bengal's Malda district on Monday. The tragic incident took place at Noorpur Dakshin Mondal Para village last night.
#WATCH Andhra Pradesh: Portion of a terrace collapsed during a Muharram procession, in B.thandrapadu village of Kurnool district, late last night. 20 people injured. They were later taken to a hospital for treatment. pic.twitter.com/k2tPpsouCC— ANI (@ANI) September 10, 2019
An officer of Manikchak police station said, "The victims were watching a Muharram procession from an under-construction building. Work was on in the roof. Suddenly, a section of it collapsed, causing severe injuries to the five people beneath it. While one person died in the hospital, the remaining four are critical."
The deceased was identified as 12-year-old Ramzan Sheikh, who is a resident of Shamka village under Harishchandrapur police station limits.
The injured - two-year-old Tanvir Sheikh, six-year-old Annu Khatun, seven-year-old Sahajat Hussain and 25-year-old Sukhtara Bibi - were undergoing treatment at Malda Medical College and Hospital.