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12 Feb 2019 | 12:27 PM UTC

India: Fire at New Delhi hotel kills 17 February 12

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17 people die following a fire at a budget hotel in the Karol Bagh district of New Delhi; avoid the area

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/12/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/12/2019, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION New Delhi

Event

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.

Context

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.

Advice

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.

 

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