Explosion at Corona station – at least 20 people killed
A bomb blast near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has killed at least 40 Iraqi people. The Iraqi Civil Defense Agency announced that the fire had been put out and 90 people had been rescued.
BMore than 20 people have been killed in a fire at a corona patient intensive care unit in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Security forces and paramedics said Sunday night that at least 23 people had been killed and dozens injured. The DPA news agency reported that at least 20 people had died, citing eyewitnesses.
Security forces said a fire broke out at the hospital after improperly stored oxygen bottles exploded. Another possible reason is a short circuit.
According to media reports, the fire spread to the station as one of the oxygen cylinders exploded. Firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control.
Videos posted on online networks showed firefighters trying to put out a fire at Ibn al-Khadi Hospital in the southern part of the Iraqi capital. Patients and relatives tried to leave the building safely. Smoke rose from several windows.
Kadim Buhan, chairman of the Civil Defense Commission, said 90 of the 120 patients in the ward and their comrades had been rescued in the incident on Sunday night. The state news agency INA reported. The authority did not provide specific information on the number of dead and injured.
On Wednesday, the number of corona infections diagnosed in Iraq reached one million. So far, 15,217 corona deaths have been recorded with a population of 40 million. After decades of conflict, Iraq’s hospitals are poorly equipped.