A massive fire broke out at SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar on Monday evening that claimed 22 lives and left over 109 people injured. According to officials, nineteen people have been confirmed dead, while several others were injured.
Voicing ‘serious’ concern over the fire incident at the Sum Hospital, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik described the mishap as ‘very tragic’.
According to reports, the blaze was suspected to have been triggered by an electric short circuit in the dialysis ward on the first floor of the private hospital which spread to the nearby Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Congress President Sonia Gandhi today expressed grief over the loss of lives in the fire mishap at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar.
Gandhi extended her condolences to the families of those who were bereaved in the “most unfortunate tragedy” that happened last night leaving 22 dead.
She has instructed the Pradesh Congress Committee and workers of the party to reach out to the victims and their families, the Congress said in a statement.
Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in the hospital fire in Odisha. The tragedy is mind-numbing. My thoughts are with bereaved families.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 17, 2016
Deeply saddened by the fire incident in Inst. of Medi Sciences & SUM hospital Bhubaneswar. My condolences rest with the bereaved families.— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) October 17, 2016
I have spoken to Director, AIIMS Bhubaneswar to provide all necessary support and help the patients in the best way possible. @narendramodi— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) October 17, 2016
#SumHospitalFireMishap I salute firefighters who risked thr lives 2save many & health secy Arati Ahuja, RDC Ota etc who were there all night— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) October 18, 2016
Visited Capital hospital to oversee treatment of evacuated patients from fire in private hospital in Bhubaneswar; condole loss of lives— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) October 17, 2016
Spoke with PM @narendramodi, briefed about efforts towards treatment of injured. Senior Ministers, officials monitoring.— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) October 17, 2016
Ordered Revenue Divisional commissioner to enquire in to this very tragic incident 2/2— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) October 17, 2016
Expenses for treatment of the injured persons in the fire incident to be borne by State Government from CM relief fund 1/2— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) October 17, 2016