At Least 45 Killed in Water Tank Collapse at India Fair

At least 45 spectators at a wrestling match were killed Sunday when a water tank they were sitting on collapsed at a village fair in western India, a news agency said.

About 200 people had climbed atop the tank to watch the wrestling competition when the decades-old structure gave way in Rajasthan state's Bharatpur district, R. Venkateshwaran, the district's top administrative official, was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India.

At least 30 other people, standing under and near the water-filled concrete tank, were injured as it came crashing down, Venkateshwaran said.

The independent New Delhi Television channel said the injured had been taken to hospitals in Bharatpur town.

There was no way of immediately independently verifying the incident in the remote area. No other details were available.

Village fairs are enormously popular in rural India. Thousands of people from surrounding districts attend such events, where mud wrestling, cockfights and theater performances are the main attractions.