DISASTERS

India wedding wall collapse kills dozens

A happy wedding turned to tragedy in India after a building wall collapsed onto the guests, killing at least 24 people, among them four children and 11 women, police said. 

Another 28 people were hurt, most with head injuries, according to investigators.

Hundreds of wedding guests were having dinner or gathering on outdoor lawns when a powerful dust storm blew into the area Wednesday night, forcing people on the lawns to go inside. When the wall fell, it trapped people inside the wedding hall and in a covered shed built along the wall outside, an official said. 

A power outage hampered rescue work in the deadly incident. Bharatpur is located in Rajasthan state, which is nearly 125 miles south of New Delhi.

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"The incident in Bharatpur has pained me beyond words," Indian prime minister Narendra Modi tweeted. "My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. I hope the injured recover soon."

Both survivors of the incident and next of kin for those who died would be compensated, according to Modi's Twitter account. 

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Building collapses are common in India, where high demand for housing and lax regulations have encouraged some builders to cut corners, use substandard materials or add unauthorized extra floors.

In 2013, a building being constructed illegally in Mumbai caved in, killing 74 people in the country's worst building collapse in decades.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.