A fire which broke out at a mall housing a Mumbai hospital treating Covid-19 patients has killed ten, authorities say.
The official Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said on Twitter, “The death toll in the fire at Dreams Mall, Bhandup West, has gone up to ten. We are deeply aggrieved by the loss of so many precious lives. Mumbai Fire Brigade’s search & rescue operation is on and the patients have been evacuated and sent in good care.”
The origin of the fire is still unknown.
Firefighters struggled to put out the fire which broke out at around 12:30 AM in Sunrise Hospital in Maharashtra’s capital, as 70 patients were evacuated.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked forgiveness from the victims’ families.
“I want to assure you that whoever is at fault, they will be punished. Firefighters did a great job in rescuing people. However, some people who were on ventilators could not be rescued. I seek forgiveness from their families,” Thackeray said.
The minister also said that the hospital was temporarily authorized to treat Covid-19 patients in response to the shortage of hospital beds in the state.
A compensation of about $7,000 will be given to the victims’ families, Thackeray added.
This amidst the state reporting its highest daily of 35, 952 additional Covid-19 cases on Thursday.
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