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BLOODY WEEKEND: 10 New Born Babies Die As Fire Tears Hospital ICU Apart

Ten newborn babies have died after a blaze broke out in the intensive care unit of an Indian hospital. Authorities say the fire started at 2am and believe it was started by an electrical short-circuit. 

Staff managed to rescue seven infants from Bhandara District Hospital’s unit for ill newborns, but they were unable to save the remaining 10. 

All of those who died were aged between just a few days and three months, according to reports. 

Firefighters managed to stop the blaze spreading to other parts of the hospital. Leading politicians expressed their grief over the blaze in the town of Bhandara, in the state of Maharashtra, 625 miles south of New Delhi. 

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: ‘Heart-wrenching tragedy in Bhandara, Maharashtra, where we have lost precious young lives. 

‘My thoughts are with all the bereaved families. I hope the injured recover as early as possible.’ Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi described the deaths as ‘extremely tragic’. Authorities have ordered an immediate inquiry into the fire amid concerns over safety in India’s hospitals. 

Authorities ordered an immediate inquiry into the latest disaster to raise doubts about safety in Indian hospitals. More than 90 people perished in a fire in a hospital in the city of Kolkata in 2011. 

In August a blaze at a hospital in Ahmedabad killed eight coronavirus patients, while another five died in a blaze in a clinic in Rajkot in November. 

The Supreme Court has called for a report on safety in Covid facilities following the fires.

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