At least 35 people were killed and 18 injured in a temple collapse in India during a religious ceremony

A local authority said, on Friday, that the collapse of a Hindu temple in India has killed 35 people, while the rescue operation continues.

Dozens of devotees were celebrating a major religious festival in the city of Indore, on Thursday, when the ground collapsed and they fell into a hole surrounded by ladders used for religious rituals.

“35 people were killed. One person is still missing. Rescue operations are underway,” district magistrate Ilayaraja T. told AFP by phone.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “extremely sorry” about the incident.

“The state government is leading the rescue and relief work at a rapid pace,” Modi said, pledging to compensate 200,000 rupees ($2,400) to relatives of the victims.

The home minister of Madhya Pradesh state, where Indore is located, said an investigation has been launched into the causes of the crash.

Police officer Manish Kapuria told AFP that rescue operations were continuing and that survivors were being taken to hospital.

Television footage showed medics installing ropes and ladders to reach those trapped in the well.

Temples across India were overflowing with worshipers for the Rama Navami festival, which celebrates the Hindu god Rama.

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