Aurangabad: A major tragedy was averted by the quick thinking staff of a hospital in Parbhani district of Maharashtra as they saved the lives of 14 patients on oxygen support after the pipeline supplying the life-saving gas developed a leak after a branch of a tree fell on it, reported PTI quoting officials on Wednesday. After noticing the leak on late Tuesday night, the staff of the hospital shifted the patients on jumbo oxygen cylinders for breathing, Deputy Collector Sanjay Kundetkar told PTI.Also Read - Maharashtra: Scolded By Elder Brother Over Excessive Mobile Phone Use, Teen Girl Dies By Suicide

“Around 11.30 pm, a branch of a tree fell on the pipeline which carries medical oxygen from the storage tank to the casualty and burns ward of the hospital, which caused leakage. The fault was detected and simultaneously 14 patients admitted in the casualty section were shifted on jumbo oxygen cylinders for breathing. The supply of oxygen was switched off for repairing the leak,” he said. Also Read - Maharashtra: Nagpur University to Begin Exams For Undergraduate Students From June 8

According to Kundetkar, the oxygen supply was interrupted for merely 2-3 minutes. He said technicians repaired the pipeline within two hours. “No casualty was reported in this incident. The oxygen supply was restored around 4 am,” the deputy collector added. Also Read - Fourth Wave of Corona in Maharashatra: How Dangerous Will it Be? BMC Commissioner Spills The Beans

On April 21, at least 22 patients died due to the interrupted supply of oxygen at a civic hospital for COVID-19 patients in Nashik following the leakage of the gas from a storage plant.

(With inputs from PTI)