Condoling the deaths, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the fire at Virar hospital is tragic and prayed for the recovery of the injured.
The fire at a COVID-19 hospital in Virar is tragic. Condolences to those who lost their loved ones. May the injured… https://t.co/NnkZ7HXqmq
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) 1619148447000
Prime Minister Officer (PMO) has approved an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the hospital fire in Virar and Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured.
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered an inquiry into the fire incident at Vijay Vallabh Covid care hospital in Vasai-Virar.
District disaster control cell chief Vivekanand Kadam told PTI that the fire was preceded by an explosion in the AC unit of the intensive care unit.
There were 16 patients undergoing treatment at the hospital, he said.
Firefighters from the Vasai-Virar municipal corporation put out the fire within an hour, Kadam said.
13 people have died in fire at Covid hospital in Palghar district. (ANI) https://t.co/HM4DomyJxe
— TOI Mumbai (@TOIMumbai) 1619143063000
As per the reports, 21 affected patients have been shifted to nearby hospitals.
The incident comes a day after 22 people lost their lives due to low oxygen supply after an oxygen tanker leaked outside Dr Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik, Maharashtra.
Bombay high court on Thursday took suo moto cognisance of the oxygen leak incident and has sought a report from the Maharashtra government by May 4, explaining how the incident had occurred.
(With inputs from agencies)