Death toll in India factory fire increases to 43

2019-12-08 at 13:07

The death toll in the fire at a factory in the Indian capital, Delhi has increased to 43.

The blaze broke out at the six-storey building in the city’s congested old quarter in the early hours this morning.

Dozens of workers were sleeping inside the factory, which manufactures bags. There are fears the death toll will rise further.

Home Minister Amit Shah called it a “tragic loss of precious lives”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the fire was horrific and that authorities were “providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy”.

The area where the factory is located is the city’s largest commercial market.

It has many narrow alleyways, which made it difficult to reach the blaze.

At least 56 people had been moved to hospital.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.