Officials claimed four newborn babies perished after a fire broke out at a children’s hospital in India. The fire broke out at the neonatal unit of the Kamla Nehru Children’s Hospital in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, central India.
Following the tragedy on Monday night, November8, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has ordered an investigation. He announced a compensation package worth 400,000 rupees($5,400) for the victims’ families.
“The premature exit [death] of children from the world is an unspeakable agony,” Chauhan wrote on Twitter, expressing his sympathies to the bereaved families.
According to medical education minister Vishwas Sarang, the unit housed at least 40 youngsters, 36 of whom were rescued.
He claimed he was at the hospital in less than 10 minutes after the incident.
While the investigation is still ongoing, police told the Press Trust of India that the incident may have been sparked by a short circuit.
At least 70 people have died in hospital fires in India this year, including 11 individuals who died last weekend at the COVID-19 care unit of a hospital in Maharashtra, a neighboring state to Madhya Pradesh.