During a football game in Kerala’s Malappuram on Saturday evening, an unfortunate incident left many critically injured, including minors. A temporary gallery installed in the LP school ground at Kalikavu’s Poongod district collapsed during a local football match that injured nearly 200 people. As per reports, five received severe injuries and are kept under medical examination.
Reportedly, around 8000 people gathered at LP School to watch the highly anticipated final of the Sevens Football Tournament, one of the most prestigious contests in Malappuram. Frequent rain is being termed as one of the reasons why the ground could not hold the pillars due to which eventually, the gallery collapsed even before the match could begin. Local police informed the media that more than half of the injured were sent home after giving primary care. The report has suggested the others had been admitted to Manjeri Medical College hospital.
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#WATCH Temporary gallery collapsed during a football match in Poongod at Malappuram yesterday; Police say around 200 people suffered injuries including five with serious injuries#Kerala pic.twitter.com/MPlTMPFqxV
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Few eyewitnesses have also informed local media that as the crowd arrived in huge numbers and organisers failed to guide them well. As the number of spectators exceeded more than its limit, it became tough for organisers to control the crowd. Organisers who were planning to start the game before its scheduled time were left completely shocked as the gallery collapsed on many spectators.
According to local reports, several children were also left injured in the incident. Locals have further claimed that the organiser failed to control the crowd, which caused the accident. The temporary stairs were made of wood and ropes and as per attendees, it was not strong enough to hold such large crowds.