At least 35 individuals died in a hearth within the (*35*) isolation ward at a hospital within the southern Iraqi metropolis of Nasiriyah Monday, a well being official mentioned.
“The death toll from the fire that ripped through the Covid isolation ward in Nasiriyah has reached 35, with five wounded, including two in critical condition,” Haydar al-Zamili, a spokesman for the native well being authorities, instructed AFP.
“The victims died of burns and the search is continuing,” he added, noting there are fears there are various victims nonetheless trapped contained in the constructing.
Sixteen individuals have been rescued up to now, a medical supply mentioned late Monday.
The hearth was nonetheless ongoing, in keeping with an AFP correspondent.
Videos shared on-line confirmed thick clouds of smoke billowing from the Al Hussein hospital.
Earlier on Monday, a minor hearth broke out on the well being ministry’s headquarters in Baghdad, nevertheless it was rapidly contained with no fatalities recorded.
The blaze on the hospital is the second such tragedy this yr.
In April, a hearth at a Baghdad (*35*)-19 hospital killed 82 and injured 110, sparked by the explosion of badly saved oxygen cylinders.
Many of the victims have been on respirators being handled for (*35*)-19 and have been burned or suffocated within the ensuing inferno that unfold quickly by way of the hospital, the place dozens of family members have been visiting sufferers within the intensive care unit.
The then well being minister, Hassan al-Tamimi, resigned after the April hearth.
Iraq — the place the oil-reliant financial system remains to be recovering from a long time of conflict and insurgency and many individuals stay in poverty — has recorded over 1.4 million (*35*) instances and greater than 17,000 deaths.
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