Water Tank Collapse Kills 45 in India

A water tank collapsed Sunday during a village fair in western India, killing 45 people who had climbed on top of it to watch a wrestling match, a news agency reported, citing a local official.

About 200 people were atop the tank when the decades-old structure gave way in the Bharatpur district, top local official R. Venkateshwaran 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.

It was not immediately possible to independently verify the collapse, which took place in a remote area in Rajasthan state. No other details were immediately 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.