Monday, October 17, 2016

Fire in Bhuvaneshwar hospital, 22 dead

Fire in Bhuvaneshwar hospital, 22 dead
Bhuvaneshwar (Odisha):  At least 22 patients died of asphyxiation and several others turned critical after a major fire broke out in ICU and dialysis ward of SUM Hospital-cum-medical college, an upscale hospital on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar on Monday, 17th October 2016 evening.

The 22 were declared dead in the privately-owned AMRI hospital and govt-owned Capital Hospital, where they were admitted after evacuation from SUM, said Khurda district collector Niranjan Sahu.

At least 40 more patients admitted in different hospitals are stated to be critical and fighting for their life in different hospitals in the city.

The fire which reportedly started due to short circuit, started in the dialysis OT in the first floor which subsequently spread to the ICU and other nearby wards around 7 pm. As many as seven fire tending vehicles took more than 2 hours to bring the blaze under control.

A Bronto Skylift has been pressed into service to rescue patients by breaking open door and windows. Around 15 ambulances were also pressed into service to shift the patients out of the hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed shock and condoled for loss of lives in the tragedy. “I am Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in the hospital fire in Odisha. The tragedy is mind-numbing. My thoughts are with bereaved families’ He said.
PM Modi spoke to Minister JP Nadda & asked him to facilitate transfer of all those injured to AIIMS. Hope the injured recover quickly.

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Video courtesy; ANI

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