At least 25 people, including five children, were killed when a boundary wall of a marriage home collapsed amid a heavy storm late on Wednesday during a wedding ceremony in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur.
The incident happened when people were eating food in the open near the boundary wall, which fell on the people around 10 pm.
Superintendent of Police Anil Tank said the wall was nearly 90-feet long and 12-13 feet in height.
Several food stalls were set up adjoining the wall. A tin shed was also attached to a portion of the wall. “The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals immediately and treatment was administered. One injured has been referred for SMS Hospital in Jaipur,” he said.
District collector Narendra Kumar Gupta announced Rs 50,000 to each deceased family. Rs 10,000 would be given to the serious injured.
The bodies have been shifted to a mortuary and postmortem will be conducted on Thursday, a police source said.
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje condoled the deaths.
The incident took place nearly 200km south of the capital Delhi.
Rajasthan is one of India's most arid states, but suffers frequent dust storms during the hotter months.
A heatwave has swept across many parts of India in recent weeks, with temperatures reaching 44C in Delhi.
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 unauthorised 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.