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
Police report say 14 ICU patients died at MIOT hospital on Thursday night due to failure of power and oxygn cylenders @IndianExpress— Arun Janardhanan (@arunjei) December 4, 2015
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
Kathir Thomas, 80
Ratnaraj from Vyasarpady
Raghupathy Raj, 67 from Teynampet
Vishalakshi, 74, Adyar
SP Kalayaraj, Annanur
Paramjyothi, 73, Puthupet in Chennai
However, families of the deceased allege that their loved ones had died a few days ago and their deaths were 'covered up'.
Families of MIOT victim allege the deaths happened 2days ago it was covered up. Bodies brought 2 govt hosptl frm Thu night @IndianExpress— Arun Janardhanan (@arunjei) December 4, 2015
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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