18 patients die short of Oxygen in Chennai hospital

Friday, Dec 4, 2015,12:33 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Chennai  | Though Chennai is still fighting hard against the flood, but till now there is no releif for the people around Chennai. In a tragic development in the flood-hit Chennai, 18 patients are declared dead till now. The incident took place when patients were admitted in a hospital in the city died due to oxygen supply failure on Friday morning.

The patients were admitted in the ICU in Nandampaakkam MOIT International hospital. Oxygen cylinders were running dry after power supply failed. Power and communication lines are cut off due to heavy rain and flood in Chennai and its suburbs for the past several days. The bodies of the deceased are kept in a government hospital .

Sources say that the incident occured as the generator got flodded which was in the basement area. Water level was raising, doctors had a very clear idea that the generator won’t be working if the water level raises, still they did not took any precautions to avoid such a tragic situation which lead to the death of patients, sources said.

Supply of fuel in the city has taken a hit due to logistic problems faced by oil companies even as availability of essential commodities like milk, water and vegetables remain affected across Tamil Nadu today.

Since most of the places across Chennai and its suburbs have been cut off due to heavy rain, oil tankers were unable to transport fuel, according to Indian Oil Corporation officials. Absence of tanker drivers has compounded the problem.

There are stocks available for supply of fuel but tanker drivers have not reported for work as their families were affected by the floods. It is the logistics problem we are facing now, an IOCL spokesperson told .Motorists were seen standing in large queues for several hours at some fuel outlets where there was supply.

The fuel supply maybe restored soon as water level was receding in several areas, the official said. Essential commodities, however, remained in scarce supply. While supply of state-run Aavin-milk packets were totally hit, a packet of one litre milk sold by private suppliers was priced at Rs 90, whereas 1 kg tomato was available at Rs 80/90.