22 Dead in Nashik Hospital After Leak in Oxygen Tanks Disrupts Supply

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Nashik/Mumbai, Apr 21 (PTI) At least 22 patients died on Wednesday due to the interrupted supply of oxygen at a civic hospital for COVID-19 patients in Nashik in Maharashtra following the leakage from an oxygen storage plant, district collector Suraj Mandhare said.

The incident comes amid reports of crippling shortage of oxygen in many states and hospitals of India.

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'As per the current information, 22 people have died due to the interrupted supply of oxygen at the Zakir Hussain municipal hospital. The patients were on ventilators as well as on oxygen supply, which got interrupted after the leakage in the oxygen supply tank,' he told reporters.

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He said the municipal corporation immediately shifted the cylinders from the other facilities where oxygen demand was not high. 

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced ex-gratia to kin of deceased in Nashik incident.

"Nashik incident is shocking. No words to express my grief. Rs 5 lakh compensation announced for the families of the deceased. A high-level probe has been ordered," said Thackeray.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari also expressed grief over the Nashik oxygen leak incident. He said, "Deeply anguished to know about the death of innocent patients in the unfortunate incident of Oxygen tanker leakage at the Dr. Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik. Convey my condolences to the next of those who lost their lives and wish speedy recovery to the affected persons."