Kumbh Mela 2019: Fire bursts in camp at Prayagraj in UP; no casualties

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New Delhi : Just a day before the onset of Kumbh Mela, fire breaks out at a camp in Digambar Akhara at Prayagraj. Luckily, no one has been injured in the accident, reported security officials present at the location.

The flame was brought under control within a few minutes, fire fighters told news agencies. Local reports suggest a cylinder blast was the reason behind the outbreak of fire.

Around 10 ambulances and an air ambulance were immediately sent to the spot. "No casualties have been reported so far," Nodal Officer, Disaster Management, Dr Rishi Sahay told news agency ANI

"The fire has been contained and the area is being cleared now," said a senior police officer present at the site. Fire engines and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel are present at the site, making sure that the fire does not spread.

Kumbh Mela, the world's largest religious gathering is set to begin in Prayagraj, formerly called Allahabad, from January 15. Over 12 crore pilgrims are expected at the Kumbh Mela, described by the UNESCO as the the biggest "peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth."

Apart from Prayagraj, Kumbh is also celebrated in Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik.

To make the 2019 Kumbh Mela a grand one, the Yogi Adityanath-led government has allocated Rs. 2,800 crore, Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Rana told reporters. The Mela is being organised in an area of 3,200 hectares, double the area of the last Kumbh, said Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary, Information and Tourism in the Uttar Pradesh government.