Chennai Rains: 14 Die In City Hospital Due To Lack Of Electricity, Oxygen Cylinders

04/12/2015 1:31 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian residents sit on wooden pallets in floodwaters in Chennai on December 3, 2015. Thousands of rescuers raced to evacuate residents from deadly flooding, as India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to the southern state of Tamil Nadu to survey the devastation. More than 40,000 people have been rescued in recent days after record rains lashed the coastal state, worsening weeks of flooding that has killed 269 people. AFP PHOTO/STR / AFP / STRDEL (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Even as the torrential rains in Tamil Nadu appeared to abate, the destruction and mayhem in its wake continues to be relentless. 14 patients in the ICU unit of the Madras Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (MIOT), Chennai, died on Friday due to power failure and insufficient oxygen cylinders, according to a live blog by The Indian Express

J Radhakrishnan, state health secretary, told IE that all of the patients who passed away were “highly critical” and that their bodies had been shifted to Royapettah government hospital. The rest of the patients at MIOT, which is situated near Guindy, on the banks of Adyar river, were discharged or shifted to various other hospitals. The names of the dead, according to IE, are:

Chokkalingam from Kovilambakkam

Mohan, 57

Vadivel, 35

Kathir Thomas, 80

Ratnaraj from Vyasarpady

Raghupathy Raj, 67 from Teynampet

Vishalakshi, 74, Adyar

SP Kalayaraj, Annanur

Premalatha, 44

Chellamal, Velachery

Wilson, Ranipet

Paramjyothi, 73, Puthupet in Chennai

Venkatramanan

Vikram

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However, families of the deceased allege that their loved ones had died a few days ago and their deaths were 'covered up'.

Tamil Nadu has been experiencing one of the worst bursts of rain in over a 100 years -- killing over 269 people and severely disrupting flights, train and bus services. From the Indian Army, Air Force, Navy as well as the NDRF, help has been pouring in Chennai, one of the worst-affected cities in the state.

Earlier this week, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assessed the situation personally and had announced relief funds for the state.

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