11 May 2017

Wedding guests killed in India wall collapse

6:33 pm on 11 May 2017

At least 22 people were killed when a wall collapsed during a wedding party in northern India.

A file photo of an ambulance in India

A file photo of an ambulance: An official said the injured were rushed to nearby hospitals. Photo: AFP

The guests had taken shelter from heavy rain under a tin shack when a wall collapsed onto it in the storm.

Another 26 people were injured in the accident in Bharatpur, a district in Rajasthan state, 15 of them seriously.

Local media reports say food stalls had been set up along the wall for the wedding.

"The wall and a tin shed attached to it at the marriage venue collapsed due to a storm," police officer Anil Tank is quoted as saying.

He said the wall was nearly 27m long and nearly 4m high and the collapse trapped many guests.

"The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals immediately and treatment was administered," he said.

Another official, Bharat Lal Meena, told Reuters five children were among the dead.

Bharatpur district is about 200km south of Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter he was pained by the accident.

- BBC / Reuters