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24 Covid patients in Nashik dead as tanker leak affects oxygen supply

Our Bureau Pune | Updated on April 21, 2021

The patients were being treated for Covid-19 and were on ventilator support

Twenty-four Covid-19 patients died in Nashik’s Dr. Zakir Hussain Hospital today after an oxygen tanker leaked, disrupting supplies to patients for around 30 minutes.

Authorities said that a valve malfunction in the tanker led to oxygen leakage on Wednesday afternoon.

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Nashik District Collector Suraj Mandhare said, “24 people who were on ventilator died after oxygen supply pressure was reduced due to leakage in oxygen tank”. He said that the hospital was administered by the Nashik Municipal Corporation. Mandhare said that the leakage occurred while the work of refilling the tank was on.

According to reports, the major oxygen tank at the hospital developed a leak after a valve malfunctioned. While the repair work was going on, the oxygen leakage could not be arrested affecting the supply to the patients.

Nashik Mayor Satish Kulkarni told the media that the leakage was repaired by the city’s fire brigade.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the State government will probe the Nashik tragedy. The State government has announced an ex-gratia ₹10 lakh for the families of the victims.

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Published on April 21, 2021

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