Some 82 folks have been killed and 110 injured in an enormous fireplace within the intensive care unit of a Baghdad hospital treating COVID-19 sufferers, based on Iraqi authorities.
Three days of nationwide mourning have been declared after catastrophe on the Ibn al-Khatib Hospital, which preliminary reviews recommend was attributable to an oxygen cylinder exploding.
Paramedics carried the our bodies, many burned past recognition, to al-Zafaraniya Hospital elsewhere within the capital. Forensics groups will try to establish them by matching DNA samples to kinfolk, however numerous persons are nonetheless ready for information about family members who’re as-yet unaccounted for.
Ali al-Bayati, a spokesman of the nation’s semi-official however impartial Human Rights Fee, mentioned that among the many useless had been a minimum of 28 COVID-19 sufferers who had been on ventilators.
It took firefighters and civil defence groups till the early hours of Sunday to place out the flames. The Well being Ministry mentioned greater than 200 folks had been rescued from the blaze.
Within the speedy aftermath, the federal government has suspended various key officers in reference to the disaster. They embody the director-general of the Baghdad Well being Division within the al-Rusafa space, the place the hospital relies, and the director of Ibn al-Khatib Hospital.
The devastating blaze got here as Iraq tries to sort out a extreme second wave of the pandemic. A minimum of 15,200 folks have died from COVID-19 in Iraq from an official whole of 100,000 confirmed instances.