Sunday, September 19, 2021

16 Die As Flood Swamps Public Hospital In Central Mexico

TULA, Mexico – Torrential rain in central Mexico suddenly flooded a hospital early Tuesday, killing 16 patients, possibly due to loss of oxygen equipment due to power outages, the National Institute for Social Security said.

A video posted on the agency’s social media feed said that about 40 other patients survived the rapid rise in water in the city of Tula, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Mexico City, and reached a public hospital around 6 a.m. I was filled with water.

Video recorded inside the hospital showed knee-deep water as staff tried to move patients around.

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Flooded halls, damaged beds and medical equipment are seen at a public hospital in Tula, Hidalgo state, Mexico, on September 7, 2021. (Marco Ugarte/AP Photo)

Later on Tuesday, emergency personnel evacuated the hospital, loading patients into ambulances to be taken to other health centres.

IMSS director Zoe Robaldo said the water out-of-pocketed the area as well as the hospital’s generators.

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He said the hospital was taking care of 56 patients, of whom nearly half were suffering from COVID-19.

Rescue teams of firefighters and soldiers sailed the streets of Tula to rescue people from flooded homes.

The main market of the city was completely submerged. At one spot along the river, a rumble of semi-trailers, buses, tanker trucks and cars, submerged against each other at odd angles in the semi-submerged water.

Residents moved boxes and bags of salvaged items to higher ground.

“The important thing today is that lives are being saved,” Tula Mayor Manuel Hernández Badillo told a news conference.

The Associated Press

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

16 Die As Flood Swamps Public Hospital In Central Mexico
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