Ten passengers were killed and more than 100 were injured when a cooking gas cylinder exploded in a private bus near Buladhshahr in Uttar Pradesh on Monday. Over 70 people were brought to Delhi hospitals for treatment late on Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Bulandshahr SSP Akhilesh Meena said one of the passengers was carrying the five-kg gas cylinder. “Over a 100 passengers were squeezed into the bus and people were also seated on the roof of the bus,” he said. About 40 patients were rushed to the nearby district hospital and the critical ones were brought to Delhi, Meena said. Prima facie no foul play is being suspected.
Twenty-six patients were admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital with 17-80 per cent burns. Medical superintendent Dr Rajpal said four patients with over 50 per cent burns succumbed and several were critical.
“Even patients who have less percentage of burns have inhaled a lot of smoke, and we cannot say they are out of danger yet,” he said.
At the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, 28 patients were admitted with 10-90 per cent burns. Of these, four succumbed. Medical superintendent Dr H K Kar said, “Patients are coming to us with a high percentage of burns, with which survival rates are bleak.” Of the 16 patients admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital, two patients had died by Tuesday evening.
As relatives searched the hospitals for their loved ones, the UP government announced Rs 2 lakh each for next of kin for deceased, Rs 1 lakh each for those with severe burn injuries and Rs 50,000 each to those with minor burn injuries.