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Odisha fire tragedy CM Naveen announces rs 5 lakh to kin of dead

odisha fire tragedy cm Naveen announces rs 5 lakh to kin of dead

Bhubaneswar, Oct 19: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the families of each of those killed in Monday's fire at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital here.

"The Chief Minister has announced the ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the victims' families," said a release from the Chief Minister's office.

The state government had earlier announced free treatment for the fire victims undergoing treatment in different hospitals in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

Earlier, Siksha 'O' Anusandhan (SOA) University, which runs the hospital had announced Rs 5 lakh to be given to the families of each of the deceased. It had also said that it would bear all medical expenses of the injured persons.

While 21 persons have died in the fire tragedy, over 100 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the twin cities.

Meanwhile, the Odisha government has decided to conduct a fire safety audit at all government-run healthcare facilities across the state.

"Fire safety audit at government hospitals in the district, sub-divisional level, and medical colleges would be conducted. The fire safety measures will be reviewed. One month's time has been given to Energy and Works department to submit their requirements after inspection," said Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

Bhubaneswar Hospital Fire, death toll reached to 19


Bhubaneswar, Oct 18: Odhisha health authorities on Tuesday confirmed that the toll of a major fire at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar was 19.

On Monday night, the state government announced that 22 persons were killed due to the fire that broke out in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the dialysis ward earlier in the evening.

"Fourteen persons were declared dead at the Capital Hospital and five succumbed to injuries at the AMRI Hospital. A total of 106 others were undergoing treatment for injuries," said Health Secretary Arti Ahuja.

Ahuja on Tuesday morning visited the SUM hospital and inquired about the circumstances which led to the major blaze.

"Post-mortem of all the 19 persons has been completed. The doctors conducted the autopsy throughout the night. Vehicles were provided to family members of the deceased persons to take the bodies back home," said Ahuja.

"The ICU, dialysis and emergency units have been sealed for investigation," she added.

Fire service sources said the blaze originated around 7.30 p.m. apparently due to an electric short circuit.