(New Delhi) At least eight Hindu worshipers died and a dozen more were rescued after a floor collapsed at a temple in India on Thursday, police said.

About 25 worshipers fell into a bâoli, a well lined with stairs used for religious rituals, when the temple floor, which covered it, gave way under their weight.

The accident happened in the city of Indore, in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

“We found eight bodies and rescued nearly a dozen people,” police official Manish Kapooriya told AFP.

Kapooriya said rescue operations were continuing as the survivors were taken to hospital.

Television footage showed rescuers setting up ropes and ladders to reach people trapped in the well.

Temples across India were overflowing with worshipers on the Ram Navami festival, celebrating the birthday of the Hindu deity Rama.