Heavy rain caused flooding at a hospital in Mexico’s central Hidalgo state, killing 17 people.
“We have, unfortunately, 17 deaths,” Governor of Hidalgo Omar Fayad told the press.
Most of them were being treated for COVID-19, officials said.
The River Tula in the state of Hidalgo burst its banks on Tuesday due to torrential rain, causing flooding and power outages in the hospital and surrounding area.
According to Mexico’s Social Security Institute, the deaths at the Tula hospital could have been caused by a loss of oxygen equipment due to the generators failing.
Rescuers evacuated about 40 patients. Meanwhile, a boat carrying the governor of the state sank in the river.
There were 104 hospital staff members and 56 patients in the building, about half of whom were infected with COVID-19.
“Such a tragic situation due to rainfall in Tula had not occurred in 40 years. We are doing everything necessary to support citizens. The most important thing is to save lives,” the governor said.
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