One Dead Due To Suffocation & Over 130 Injured As Lakhs Gather For Puri Rath Yatra In Odisha

A man died due to suffocation in a stampede-like situation during Rath Yatra in Puri and several others were reported injured.

by Tashika Tyagi
One Dead Due To Suffocation & Over 130 Injured As Lakhs Gather For Puri Rath Yatra In Odisha

A man died due to suffocation during Rath Yatra in Puri, Odisha on Sunday. It has been reported that lakhs of devotees gathered to be a part of the annual Rath Yatra which led to a stampede-like situation. The man lost his life due to suffocation during the entire ordeal. Around 130 people have also been reported injured and several were hospitalised. Read on to know more about this and also how to stay safe while visiting crowded places of worship.

Man Dies Of Suffocation & Several Injured During Puri Rath Yatra

Puri Rath Yatra
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For the first time since 1971, the annual Rath Yatra in Puri is being held over two days. This rare occurrence has led to a massive turnout with lakhs of devotees taking part in it. Unfortunately, this massive crowd at the Puri Rath Yatra has led to the death of one man due to suffocation. Furthermore, around 130 people have been reported injured due to a stampede-like situation on Sunday.

However, as per an NDTV report, the administration has mentioned that the death was due to suffocation and there was no stampede-like situation during the first day of the annual yatra. They have stressed that due to heat, humidity, and rush, the man lost his life.

Several other people were injured and hospitalised during the entire ordeal. Talking about this with NDTV, the administration said that there were adequate arrangements and ambulances to attend to such situations.

Mohan Charan Majhi, Chief Minister of Odisha, has expressed his grief over the unfortunate incident during the Rath Yatra procession. He has announced ₹4 lakh ex-gratia for the deceased’s family.

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How To Stay Safe While Visiting Crowded Places?

Puri Rath Yatra
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This unfortunate incident during Puri Rath Yatra brings the risks of being in a huge gathering to light. The Indian Express spoke to medical experts to highlight safety measures one can keep in mind while being a part of a crowded place. Here are some safety measures to keep in mind –

  1. Be mindful of exits and potential escape routes of the place you’re visiting.
  2. Keep yourself hydrated. Carry water bottles and drink fluids regularly while you’re there.
  3. Wear loose and breathable clothes.
  4. Opt for comfortable footwear to avoid blisters.
  5. Establish meeting points if you’re accompanied by others.

We offer our condolences to the family of the deceased and hope for a speedy recovery for all the injured individuals.

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