Flooding hits Mexico hospital, killing 17 patients

Flooding hits Mexico hospital, killing 17 patients
Hospital staff were seen pushing patients on stretchers through a flooded area. Source: AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
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Daily US Times: At least 17 patients have been killed after flooding hits at a hospital in Mexico’s central Hidalgo state, officials say.

They say heavy rainfall caused river burst its banks and water then cut the power supply in the hospital in the town of Tula.

Some of the victims were coronavirus patients who relied on oxygen therapy, according to local media reports.

Rescuers evacuated about 40 patients from the hospital. Meanwhile, a boat transporting the state governor Omar Fayad sank in the river.

Mr Fayad later confirmed on Twitter that he was “safe and sound”, adding that the state authorities would continue co-ordinating emergency operations in the affected areas.

The Mexican army was deployed to provide assistance to rescue teams dealing with the disaster caused by the flooding.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the president of Mexico, said he was “very saddened” by the hospital deaths.

He urged residents of low-lying areas to stay with relatives or friends in safer places or to move to shelters.

More than 30,000 people in towns across the state have been affected by the floods.

Separately, the autorities said that two people died after flooding in Ecatepec, a northern suburb of Mexico City.

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