Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 21:
The death toll in the Sum Hospital fire mishap mounted to 25 today as four more persons succumbed to their injuries while undergoing treatment at different hospitals.
The deceased were identified as Biswanath Behera of Dumduma here, Rashmita Swain of Balipada in Puri, Sheikh Qurban of Khordha and Annapurna Samantaray of Bhandarikuda in Brahmagiri.
While Behera and Swain took their last breaths while undergoing treatment at the Capital Hospital late last night, Qurban succumbed at trauma ICU of SCB Hospital this morning. Similarly, Annapurna died at AMRI Hospital here during treatment.
It may be recalled here that 19 patients undergoing treatment at the SUM Hospital had died due to asphyxiation owing to the massive fire on October 17 which originated from the dialysis ward on the first floor and spread to the ICU on the same floor. In the incident, over 100 others sustained injuries and were shifted to various government and private hospitals.
Two more persons died later while undergoing treatment at Bhubaneswar AIIMS Hospital– one on October 18 and another on October 19– taking the death toll to 21. With four more relocated patients succumbing today, the toll has risen to 25.