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Prez, V-P, PM express grief over loss of lives in Nashik Oxygen-leak incident

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed their condolences over the death of 22 patients at the Zakir Hussain municipal hospital in Nashik, Maharashtra.

“I am deeply distressed by the unfortunate incident of patients dying due to gas leak in Nashik, Maharashtra. My deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in this accident. I wish all other patients a quick recovery,” said the President on Twitter.

At least 22 patients on ventilators died due to an interrupted supply of oxygen at the Zakir Hussain Municipal hospital in Maharashtra’s Nashik district today. The incident happened when an Oxygen tanker leaked while tankers were being filled.

The scene became more tense as relatives of the patients swarmed outside the Hospital to aid their gasping kin.

The Vice President said that he is deeply anguished by the loss of lives. “My prayers & thoughts are with the bereaved families,” he tweeted.

The prime minister in his condolence message said, “The tragedy at a hospital in Nashik because of oxygen tank leakage is heart-wrenching. Anguished by the loss of lives due to it. Condolences to the bereaved families in this sad hour.”

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has ordered a high-level inquiry while the local administration has also assured that those responsible for the fatal incident won’t be spared. Mr Tope said 157 patients were undergoing treatment at the hospital, of whom 61 were in a critical condition and required oxygen.

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