Another person succumbed to injuries on Friday, taking the death toll in the Bhubaneswar’s SUM hospital fire to 25, as reported by ANI. Earlier today, three more patients died while receiving treatment at the Capital Hospital and SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. Meanwhile, owner of hospital, Manoj Ranjan Nayak, who had surrendered to police on Thursday was taken into remand by police today. According to officials, Biswanath Behera of Bhubaneswar, Sk Qurban of Khurda and Rashmita Swain of Puri were the three victims who died earlier. Details are still awaited on the identity of the fourth person who died today.
On Monday night, 21 patients were killed in one of the most disastrous hospital fires in the country, at SUM hospital in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. More than 100 persons were injured by toxic fumes from a blaze that swept through the hospital corridors and wards asphyxiating them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences over the tragedy and directed Union Health Minister J P Nadda to transfer all the injured victims to AIIMS hospital. The Prime Minister also declared Rs 2 lakh as compensation for the deceased and Rs 50, 000 each for the injured. The Odisha government also announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for the deceased. The SUM hospital authorities reportedly declared Rs 5 lakh as assistance for the families of the deceased.