Fire breaks out at Bhubaneswar's SUM hospital, at least 19 dead

A major fire broke out at Bhubaneswar’s Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital on Monday evening. As per latest reports, at least 14 people have died in the accident. The fire reportedly began in the  dialysis wards. All the 500 patients admitted in the hospital have been evacuated. They have been taken to  nearby Capital Hospital, Amri Hospital, Apollo Hospital, Kalinga Hospital, SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. The Prime Minister has asked patients to be taken to AIIMS.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacted to the tragic incident through a tweet: “Spoke to Minister @JPNadda & asked him to facilitate transfer of all those injured to AIIMS. Hope the injured recover quickly.”

He called the incident a mind numbing experience: “Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in the hospital fire in Odisha. The tragedy is mind-numbing. My thoughts are with bereaved families,” he added.

According to Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan the fire broke out at the hospital due to short circuit. He also told ANI that the Prime Minister has asked all patients to be taken to AIIMS.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has ordered a high level investigation into the matter.