Blackout kills at least 14 hospital patients
December 4, 2015 5:01 pm
At least 14 patients in a private hospital have been killed after heavy rains caused blackouts in the flood-struck Indian city of Chennai, bringing the death toll to 280.
In one of the most shocking incidents, the patients in the intensive care unit of the MIOT International hospital died after floods took out generators running life-support systems, Prithvi Mohandas, a doctor at the hospital, said.
Tamil Nadu’s health secretary confirmed the deaths but said the cause needed to be investigated.
Rescue helicopters were grounded after waters that had started to recede rose again due to a new cloudburst that sent residents running for shelter under trees and in shopfronts.
Parts of the flat, coastal city remained under up to two-and-a-half metres of water for a fourth day.