//Forty-seven die in water tank accident in Rajasthan

Forty-seven die in water tank accident in Rajasthan

Sun Aug 27, 2006

JAIPUR, India (Reuters) – Forty-seven people were killed and 30 injured on Sunday when a water storage tank they were sitting on collapsed in Rajasthan, a government official said.

The incident took place at about 6 p.m. in Kama town of Bharatpur district, about 200 km east of Jaipur.

The group was using the concrete water tank, meant to store water for the area, as a stand to watch a wrestling match.

Eight people were being treated in a local hospital while the rest had been discharged, R. Venkateshwaran, the area's top administrator, said, adding the death toll was unlikely to rise.

"The tank on which they were sitting collapsed due to the weight," he said. "All of them fell into the tank which had very little water. They died as the concrete fell on them."

The wrestling match was part of a local annual festival in the small town. The festival was called off for the day.