Casualty scale of Delhi fire stuns hospital staff

Casualty scale of Delhi fire stuns hospital staff

New Delhi: The scale of death and devastation caused by the early morning fire that engulfed a factory in a Delhi grain market has dumbfounded rescuers and hospital staff who are heroically rising to the occasion. The constant stream of dead bodies and injured being rushed to the hospital is overwhelming for the hospital staff …

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Casualty scale of Delhi fire stuns hospital staff

New Delhi: The scale of death and devastation caused by the early morning fire that engulfed a factory in a Delhi grain market has dumbfounded rescuers and hospital staff who are heroically rising to the occasion.

The constant stream of dead bodies and injured being rushed to the hospital is overwhelming for the hospital staff who confessed they never came across a tragedy of such a magnitude.

The Policemen stoically made their positions as they control the stream of kin of victims, well-wishers and VIPs making their way to find out details of the victims and help the follow up operations.

Undeterred by the pressure, hospital staff, and rescue workers were seen rushing to their duties. Kin and friends of the victims were seen shuttling between emergency wards and the mortuary in a bid to glean information about their dear ones.

The scale of human loss and injury is unprecedented since the infamous Uphaar fire tragedy which took place in 1997, when 59 people lost their lives and more than a hundred were injured.

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After blaze kills 43, a look at major fire incidents in Delhi

After blaze kills 43, a look at major fire incidents in Delhi

New Delhi: The major fire tragedy at a factory in Anaj Mandi in the national capital that claimed 43 lives has again highlighted the issue of fire safety norms as in the recent past Delhi has witnessed several fire incidents that have claimed a substantial number of lives and caused damages of millions. At least …

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After blaze kills 43, a look at major fire incidents in Delhi

New Delhi: The major fire tragedy at a factory in Anaj Mandi in the national capital that claimed 43 lives has again highlighted the issue of fire safety norms as in the recent past Delhi has witnessed several fire incidents that have claimed a substantial number of lives and caused damages of millions.

At least 43 people died in a massive fire that broke out at Anaj Mandi in Rani Jhansi Road following a short-circuit on Sunday morning, police said. Around 62 people were rescued by fire tenders from the factory that engulfed in a fire here.

A major fire at a hotel in Karol Bagh that claimed 17 live sin February this year also raised the issue of violation of fire safety norms.

Taking action against errant hotels over violation of fire safety norms after a massive fire in Karol Bagh, Delhi government had cancelled fire safety certificates of 27 hotels.

Here is a list of some major fire incidents in the national capital region:

November 17: One person died in a fire that broke in a shoe factory in Narela area, Chief Fire Officer said.

October 1: At least one worker was killed and another was left injured after a fire broke out in a factory following an explosion in a wielding tank in Mandoli Industrial Area.

August 6: Six people including one child died and 10 people sustained injuries after a fire broke out in a multistorey building in Zakir Nagar in southeast Delhi.

July 13 : At least three people were killed after a massive fire broke out in a rubber factory in Jhilmil industrial area.

June 26: Five persons had sustained major injuries while two sustained minor injuries in a massive fire incident at Narela.

March 26: Two minors were killed in a fire that broke out in a four-storey building in South Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh due to a short circuit.

February 13: At least 250 huts were gutted in a massive fire which broke out in a slum in Delhi’s Paschim Puri area.

February 12: In one of the worst fire tragedies in Delhi, 17 people, including a child and a woman, were killed as a major blaze engulfed a budget hotel in Karol Bagh, triggering a blame game among the various authorities.

November 19, 2018: Four people were killed and one person was injured after a fire broke out at a factory in Karol Bagh.

April 23, 2018: A girl was killed and least 300 shanties were gutted after a major fire broke out in Shahdara’s MS Park.

April 13, 2018: Four members of a family, including two minor children, were killed in a major fire in Kohat Enclave.

January 20, 2018: At least 10 women and seven men were charred to death in a major fire that broke out in a firecracker unit in Bawana industrial area.

November 20, 2011: Fourteen people died and over 30 were injured when a fire broke out at a community function of eunuchs in Nandnagari in east Delhi.

June 13, 1997: 59 people killed and over 100 injured after a fire broke out at the Uphaar theatre during the screening of Bollywood film Border.

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President, PM, others condole deaths in Delhi blaze

President, PM, others condole deaths in Delhi blaze

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed their condolences over the tragic fire in a factory in Delhi’s Rani Jhansi area in which 43 people lost their lives. Both the heads of the country took Twitter to send their messages and prayers for the recovery of those suffered …

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President, PM, others condole deaths in Delhi blaze

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed their condolences over the tragic fire in a factory in Delhi’s Rani Jhansi area in which 43 people lost their lives.

Both the heads of the country took Twitter to send their messages and prayers for the recovery of those suffered injuries.

“Extremely sad to hear the tragic news about the fire in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi. My thoughts and prayers are with affected families. Wishing for early recovery to those injured. The local authorities are doing their best to rescue people and provide help,” the President tweeted.

The Prime Minister called the fire in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road in west Delhi “extremely horrific”.

“My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery. Authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah called the incident a tragic loss of precious lives and instructed concerned authorities to provide all help.

“Tragic loss of precious lives in the fire accident in New Delhi. My deepest condolences with the families of those who have lost their loved ones. I pray for the early recovery of the injured. Have instructed concerned authorities to provide all possible assistance on an urgent basis,” Shah tweeted.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal described the incident as “tragic” and said firemen were doing their best. “Very very tragic news. Rescue operations going on. Firemen doing their best. Injured are being taken to hospitals,” Kejriwal tweeted.

BJP’s National Working President J.P. Nadda also tweeted: “Extremely anguished by the loss of lives in fire tragedy at Anaj Mandi, Rani Jhansi Road, Delhi. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. Have asked BJP Delhi karyakartas to provide all possible assistance to those affected.”

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also expressed his condolences over the fire incident, saying “I am hurt with the deaths of several people and injuries to many in a major fire in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi.”

“I express my condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of those injured.”

The fire is said to be one of the biggest fire incidents in Delhi after the Uphaar Cinema fire which took place on June 13, 1997 in south Delhi’s Green Park area leading to deaths of 59 and over 100 non-fatal injuries.

At least 43 people were killed and over a dozen others injured early Sunday when a fire broke out in a bag manufacturing factory in a crowded market in Rani Jhansi Road area. The people who died in the fire are labourers and they were sleeping in the factory when the fire broke out between 4.30 and 5 a.m.

So far, more than 60 people have been rescued and shifted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital and Lady Harding Hospital.

The Fire Department said that they received a call around 5.22 a.m. and 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained but the fire officials said it could be a short circuit.

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Delhi air in ‘very poor’ category for third consecutive day

Delhi air in ‘very poor’ category for third consecutive day

New Delhi: The air quality of the national capital remained very poor for the third consecutive way with the overall Air Quality Index docking at 388 with PM2.5 at 235 and PM10 360. According to SAFAR, the rise in air pollution is because of the prevalence of calm surface winds and a decrease in ventilation …

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Delhi air in ‘very poor’ category for third consecutive day

New Delhi: The air quality of the national capital remained very poor for the third consecutive way with the overall Air Quality Index docking at 388 with PM2.5 at 235 and PM10 360.

According to SAFAR, the rise in air pollution is because of the prevalence of calm surface winds and a decrease in ventilation coefficient which creates a conducive environment for pollutant accumulation.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous.

The AQI was 379 in Dhirpur at 9 am and it dipped to ‘severe’ category at 425 in Mathura Road area. The AQI near Pusa, Airport Terminal 3 and Delhi University stood at 352, 403 and 380 respectively.

In Pune, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad, the air quality remained in the moderate category with the AQI at 123, 149 and 109 respectively.

Today, the minimum and maximum temperature of Delhi will hover around 8 degrees Celsius and 24 degrees Celsius with the humidity at 46 percent. A shallow fog will envelop the region throughout the day.

The Center-run SAFAR has advised people residing in the national capital to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

“Take more breaks and do less intense activities. Asthmatics, keep medicine ready if symptoms of coughing or shortness of breath occur. Heart patients, see a doctor if you get palpitations, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue,” it said in an advisory.

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