Simranjeet, 27, is one among several volunteers associated with various non-profits across Mumbai helping citizens in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic, the intensity of which has taken everyone by surprise this year.
“The fire was put out within minutes, but 13 of the 17 patients (in the ICU) had died by then,” said Kishore Gavas, Deputy Commissioner, Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation. Two more patients died after being rescued and taken to another hospital.
Two patients near the ICU exit were awake and rushed out on their own. Had they waited for a few more seconds, the blast would have killed them, an official said, adding that hospital staffers pulled two more patients out of the ward.
Among those The Indian Express spoke to was a mother who lost her only child, a man who lost her mother on her birthday, a disabled child who lost his mother and a son who was seen clicking his father’s charred face on his phone as a last memory.
In a 29-second video of the incident shared by the Central Railways’ Mumbai division, a 30-year-old woman, who is blind, is seen walking with her six-year-old son on the platform when he accidentally slips and falls onto the railway tracks.
Many motorists at nakas, who rushed to collect stickers, sought clarity about them and the categories of essential services they covered. The police are distributing the stickers free of cost at the nakas.
Senior cabinet members from the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress attacked Fadnavis for procuring the medicine on his own, questioned his intentions, and accused him of interfering in the work of the police.