Flooding hits Mexico hospital, killing 17 patients

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At least 17 patients have been killed after heavy rainfall caused flooding at a hospital in Mexico’s central Hidalgo state, said officials.

They say a river burst its banks and water then cut the power supply at the hospital in the town of Tula.

Some of the victims were Covid-19 patients who were being treated with oxygen therapy, reported local media.

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

Omar Fayad later tweeted that he was “Safe and sound”, adding that the state authorities would continue co-ordinating emergency operations in the affected areas.

The army has been deployed to provide assistance to rescue teams dealing with the disaster.

The president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said he was “very saddened” by the hospital deaths.  He urged residents pf low-lying areas to move to shelters or stay with relatives or friends in safer places.

The floods have affected more than 30,000 people in towns across the state.

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

 

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