Ten children were killed in a maternity unit in the Indian state of Maharashtra on Saturday morning when a fire broke out in a major hospital.
Staff at the Bhandara District Hospital rescued seven of the newborns but beat them before they reached 10, said Pramod Khandate, an elderly doctor.
According to reports, all the dead were between a few days and three months old.
“The cause of the fire is not yet known but our staff managed to contain the fire as soon as possible. The smoke caused the children to suffocate.”
Nurses on duty saw the fire from the hospital’s neonatal unit and sounded the alarm.
The fire brigade prevented the fire from spreading to other parts of the hospital and other patients were evacuated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter, “A heart-wrenching tragedy in Bhandara, Maharashtra, where we lost precious young lives. Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi described the deaths as extremely tragic.
Authorities ordered an immediate investigation into the latest disaster to raise safety concerns in Indian hospitals. In 2011, more than 90 people died in a hell of a hospital in Kolkata.
A fire at a hospital in Ahmedabad in August killed eight coronavirus patients. A fire at a clinic in Rajkot in November killed five more patients with Covid 19.
The Supreme Court has called for a report on the safety of corona virus in hospitals due to the incidents.
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