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Nashik oxygen tanker leak: Death toll mounts to 22

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Nashik (Maharashtra) | April 21, 2021 3:43:59 PM IST
At least 22 people were killed in an oxygen tanker leak incident at Dr Zakir Hussain Hospital in Maharashtra's Nashik district on Wednesday, confirmed the District Magistrate, Nashik.

"It is an unfortunate incident. We are trying to get a detailed report. We have ordered an enquiry as well. Anyone found responsible will not be spared," Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Minister Rajendra Shingane told mediapersons here.

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis termed the incident as "terrible" and demanded enquiry into the tragedy.

"What happened in Nashik is terrible. I demand that the other patients be helped and shifted if needed. We demand a detailed enquiry," he told ANI.

An oxygen tanker leaked while tankers were being filled at Dr Zakir Hussain Hospital here today. Officials were also present at the spot and an operation to contain the leak is underway.

Several states are facing a shortage of medical oxygen, especially Maharashtra.

58,924 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, according to the state health ministry. As many as 52,412 people recovered in the said period and 351 died. The total case tally reached 38,98,262 while the death toll reached 60,824. (ANI)

 
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