On Tuesday, February 12, at least 17 people were killed following a fire that ripped through a budget hotel located in the busy and commercial Karol Bagh district of the capital New Delhi. According to the authorities, most of the residents were sleeping at the time the fire broke out. Around 120 guests were inside the building.
Fire disasters occur on a regular basis in India, mostly affecting houses, plants, hotels, shops, and restaurants. Poor safety standards and lack of regulation enforcement are the main cause. Mumbai, India's financial capital, has particularly been affected in recent years, notably in December 2018, when a fire engulfed a hospital, killing eight people.
Individuals present in New Delhi are advised to avoid the Karol Bagh district, anticipate travel restrictions in this area, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.