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Indian hospital fire kills 10 babies – Latest News, Breaking News, Top News Headlines

The incident generated numerous signs of regret in India, including those of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

| 01/09/2021 | ionicons-v5-c09: 00 | . |

NEW DELHI.- At least ten babies died and another seven were rescued alive in a fire this Saturday at a hospital in the state of Maharashtra, in the west of the India, without knowing for the moment what could have caused the accident.

Staff from the Bhandara District Hospital raised the alarm at around 1.30am (20.00 GMT on Friday) after seeing smoke rising from the fourth floor, where the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), surgeon Pramod B. Khandate explained to Efe.

« The staff immediately called the authorities and tried to rescue the babies, » Khandate noted, but although seven of the newborns were able to get out alive, another 10 died, he added.

The fire is « now under control » after firefighters reached the scene in « 10-15 minutes, » revealed the surgeon, who avoided commenting on the reason for the fire.

« It is a technical problem that is being investigated, » said Khandate, who acknowledged that it is not ruled out that it was caused by a short circuit, since « the building is very old, about 25 or 30 years old. »

The incident generated numerous signs of regret in the India, including those of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

« Heartbreaking tragedy … in which we have lost precious young lives. My thoughts go out to all the grieving families. I hope the injured recover as soon as possible, » Modi wrote on Twitter.

Fires, landslides and other industrial accidents are frequent in the India, often due to the precarious state of infrastructure and lack of maintenance, factors fueled by corruption and illegal practices in the construction sector.

Last August at least ten patients with coronavirus died in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. India, when a fire broke out inside a hotel-turned-hospital where they were receiving treatment, four days after a similar incident in which eight people died in the western state of Gujarat.

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