50 people alive after fire broke out in Corona ward of hospital in Nasiriyah city, Iraq Number of people may increase significantly
At least 50 people have been burned alive and more than 67 injured after a massive fire broke out in the Corona ward of a hospital in the town of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq. The fire is now under control and help has started. Rescue workers are looking for survivors at the hospital. It is believed that the death toll could rise dramatically.
So far, 16 people have been evacuated from the hospital. Local health worker Haider Al Jamili said the fire started in the Corona neighborhood. He said the victims were badly burned and it was difficult to identify the bodies. Jamili said many people could still be trapped in the building. The exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Several burned bodies were removed from the hospital
A health official from Dhi Kar province said the fire was caused by an explosion inside an oxygen tank. However, later officials said the fire could have started due to a short circuit. A health worker said the flames engulfed several patients inside the coronavirus ward. The rescuers had to face a lot of difficulties to reach them.
In the video of this incident, we see that a lot of smoke is coming out of the hospital. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has called an emergency meeting of ministers over the incident. Several burned bodies were removed from the hospital and people were seen coughing from the smoke. The speaker of the Iraqi parliament criticized the government for the arson.