Jizan (Saudi Arabia), December 25: The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has just informed that all the Indians stuck in Jizan General Hospital are safe, where an accidental fire killed 25 people and injured 100 on Thursday. The Ministry also informed that the number of casualties may increase over the period, but the Indians were marked safe. Also Read - Saudi Arabia: From Red Sea Project, To Green Riyadh, Ecotourism in The Kingdom to Sees an Upward Trend
The incident took place in the midnight of Thursday at intensive care and maternity departments of the Jazan General Hospital after which 25 succumbed. More than 100 people suffered serious injuries and were transferred to other hospitals soon after the fire was brought under control. Informing the condition of Indian nurses and the patients in the hospital, MEA spokesperson, Vikas Swarup tweeted, “Update on Fire in Jizan Central Hospital, Saudi Arabia where 30 Indian nurses were on duty. Consulate confirms no Indian casualties.” This tweet not only comes as a relief for the relatives of the Indians stuck in then fire that was doused, but also for the Saudi authorities who had tried their best to secure all the patients. (ALSO READ: 25 dead in Saudi Arabia hospital fire: civil defence) Also Read - 'Joe Biden Helped': Freed Saudi Activist Loujain Al Hathloul’s Sisters Demand Real Justice For Her
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The Saudi officials are yet to confirm on the reasons why the fire broke out at the intensive care unit and maternity ward which are both situated on the first floor. 20 fire brigades were brought into place to douse the fire and people were evacuated from the scene. Though the officials are speculating that the fire was caused due to electrical failure, but nothing can be confirmed yet.
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