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Lethal blaze at Iraqi hospital’s Covid-19 ward kills dozes (VIDEOS)

Deadly blaze at Iraqi hospital’s Covid-19 ward kills dozes (VIDEOS)

A hospital hearth has damaged out within the southern Iraq metropolis of Nasiriyah, reportedly killing at the very least 39 individuals, injuring 5 and marking the nation’s second lethal blaze this 12 months at a medical facility for Covid-19 sufferers.

Footage from the scene exhibits darkish smoke rising from a hearth on the Imam Hussein Academic Hospital in Nasiriyah on Monday night time. One other clip purports to indicate victims being carried out of the constructing.

The fireplace broke out contained in the hospital’s isolation space for Covid-19 remedy, Iraq’s state-run INA information company reported. The fireplace has been introduced underneath management, the outlet stated, citing the well being directorate of the Dhi Qar Governorate. Search operations have been ongoing, suggesting the casualty toll could proceed to rise. An undisclosed variety of sufferers stay lacking.

INA made no reference to doable causes of the fireplace. A minimum of 82 individuals have been killed and greater than 100 have been injured in April, when an oxygen tank exploded in a hospital for Covid-19 sufferers in Baghdad. That fireplace reportedly broke out within the Ibn Khatib hospital’s intensive-care unit, and most of the deaths resulted from sufferers being taken off their oxygen machines for evacuation or suffocating from smoke inhalation.

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