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11 patients killed in fire at makeshift COVID-19 facility in Vijayawada

A fire has broken out in a hotel in Andhra Pradesh's Vijaywada which was being used as a COVID-19 facility. Fire tenders have been rushed to the spot. As many as 11 people have lost their lives in the fire while several others are feared trapped. 

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New Delhi Updated on: August 09, 2020 10:39 IST
Fire breaks out in make shift COVID-19 facility in Vijaywada
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Fire breaks out in make shift COVID-19 facility in Vijaywada

A fire has broken out in a hotel in Andhra Pradesh's Vijaywada which was being used as a COVID-19 facility. Fire tenders have been rushed to the spot. As many as 11 people have lost their lives in the fire while several others are feared trapped. 

About 30 people have been rescued from the hotel building. 

"The incident took place around 5 am. Around 22 patients are being treated in hospital. We are evacuating the entire building. The reason of fire appears to be a short circuit, as per the preliminary report, but we will have to ascertain," said Krishna DC Mohammad Imtiaz.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his grief at the unfortunate incident. " Anguished by the fire at a Covid Centre in Vijayawada. My thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones. I pray that the injured recover as soon as possible. Discussed the prevailing situation with AP CM @ysjagan Ji and assured all possible support," he tweeted.

Andhra Pradesh government announces Rs 50 lakhs ex gratia each to the families of those who lost their lives in the fire at a hotel.

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