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Iraq Covid hospital fire leave 64 dead, 50 injured

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi held an emergency meeting with some cabinet ministers and security commanders to discuss the hospital fire and its consequences.

SNS | Baghdad |

A ghastly tragedy visited upon Iraq where a total of 64 people were killed and 50 others were injured in a massive fire in a Covid hospital in Iraq’s southern province of Dhi Qar.

The blaze killed 64 people who were undergoing Covid treatment at the Al-Hussein Hospital when the tragedy took place, a state media report said on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the provincial Health Department has reportedly shared, “The latest toll of the fire in the quarantine centre in al-Hussein Hospital in the provincial capital al-Nasiriyah rose to 64 killed and 50 wounded,” the official Iraqi News Agency (INA) report quoted Ammar al-Zamily,

According to the INA report, the fire erupted on Monday evening in the quarantine centre and quickly spread to 20 sandwich panel caravans nearby.

Firefighters and teams of civil defence rushed to the scene to evacuate the patients and health workers. The firemen, it is learned, had a tough time dousing the blaze.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi held an emergency meeting with some cabinet ministers and security commanders to discuss the hospital fire and its consequences, his office said in a statement.

Al-Kadhimi decided to suspend and detain the director-general of the provincial health department, the director of the hospital, and the provincial civil defence director, and ordered an investigation into the deadly incident, said the statement.

He also decided to declare national mourning in honour of the casualties, it added.

Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi tweeted that the session on Tuesday will discuss the incident.

…With IANS inputs