At least 14 people were injured and dozens hurt when heavy rain and a thunderstorm caused a massive tent to collapse in India as a religious event was being held inside on Sunday.

The incident took place in the Barmer district of India’s western desert state of Rajasthan and left 50 people injured.

Niraj Mishra, a sub-divisional magistrate of Barmer district, told Reuters that some people died after being electrocuted by live electricity wires as the tent collapsed, while others were hit by falling debris.

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Around 300 people were sitting under the tent when it collapsed, police superintendent Khinv Singh Bhati told the Hindustan Times.

At least 14 people were killed and dozens injured at a religious gathering in northern India on June 23, after strong winds caused a large tent to collapse.

At least 14 people were killed and dozens injured at a religious gathering in northern India on June 23, after strong winds caused a large tent to collapse. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Locals had gathered in a village in Barmer district for Ram Katha, a religious ceremony that narrates the glory of Hinduism from the epic Ramayana, according to Sky News.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the incident "unfortunate" on Twitter.

"My thoughts are with the bereaved families and I wish the injured a quick recovery," he wrote.

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Mishra told Reuters that the injured were rushed to area hospitals.  Officials have launched an investigation into the deadly incident.

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