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Six from Tripura killed in Kolkata hospital fire


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AGARTALA: At least six patients, including two women, from Tripura were reported to have been killed in the devastating AMRI Hospital fire in Kolkata that claimed at least 81 lives, officials said here Friday.

An official of the state health department said all the six died due to asphyxia in the closed enclosures of the hospital. The dead included a relative of a Tripura minister.

“Altogether, 18 people from Tripura were admitted in the hospital till late Thursday. Exact number of dead and injured is not yet confirmed,” the official said.

Tripura Finance Minister Badal Choudhury flew to Kolkata while Health Minister Tapan Chakrabarty was to reach the city Saturday.Many patients from various northeastern states, including Tripura, often go to Kolkata and other places for better treatment.

Mizoram patients safe: All patients from Mizoram admitted in AMRI Hospital in Kolkata, where a massive fire broke out on Friday killing at least 46 people, are safe, Mizoram House senior liaison officer Talo Rosanga said.

Rosanga told PTI over phone from Kolkata that there were eight patients from Mizoram in the hospital when the fire broke out in the early hours of the day and all of them were safely evacuated.

“Three of the patients were given accomodation at the Mizoram House in nearby Old Ballygunj, while the rest were shifted to the old building of AMRI hospital,” he said.

Empanelled by the Mizoram government for referral cases, large number of patients from Mizoram are treated in this hospital every year, official sources said. (Agencies)


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