Huge Fire Kills At Least 23 In Indian Hospital

Around 23 people have been killed by a fire which broke out in a hospital in eastern India, say local officials.

Some 120 firefighter were dispatched to put out the fire which started in the dialysis ward of the SUM hospital in the Indian city of Bhubaneswar, in Odisha state late on Monday.

“Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in the hospital fire in Odisha. The tragedy is mind-numbing. My thoughts are with bereaved families,” India Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a post published on his Twitter account.

According to reports, the majority of victims died from smoke inhalation, and that 20 more people are receiving treatment in neighboring medical facilities.

After arriving, firefighters and police were forced to break windows and doors to evacuate the hospital. During the massive rescue operation, which was carried out with the aid of staff and volunteers, over 500 people were safely removed from the hospital.

“We suspect the fire occurred due to an electric short circuit in the dialysis ward”, said local fire services official Binoy Behera.

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Senator GNS Pwajok’s Body Arrives Nigeria

The body of the late Senator Gyang Nyam Shom Pwajok, who died in an Indian hospital following complications from Hepatocellular Carcinoma, on Wednesday arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Pwajok’s body arrived on aboard an Emirate Airline flight.
It was received by a former Governor of Plateau State and Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District, Jonah Jang; Senator Joshua Dariye and retired Lieutenant General Jeremiah Useni amid tears and emotion by a large crowd who had thronged the international wing of the airport to receive the body.
The Eagle Online reports that prayers were offered at the airport before the body left for Jos, the Plateau State capital.
The family is yet to announce the date of the burial of the late senator, who contested the April 11, 2015 gubernatorial election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He died on November 28, 2015 at the age of 49.