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Apr 26, 2013 at 08:09pm IST

Bhopal: Ceiling of Kasturba hospital ward collapses, many injured

Bhopal: At least 20 people are feared trapped when the ceiling of the first floor of a hospital run by the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) in Bhopal collapsed on Friday evening. Sources said that the section of the two-storey Kasturba hospital that collapsed housed the women's ward and had 20-25 patients, although none of them was critical.

Nearly 15 people have been rescued so far, Additional DM, Bhopal said. Ten people are still feared trapped under the debris.

According to the Bhopal IGP, Upendra Jain, one child was amongst those trapped under the debris and was alive. The police official said fortunately there were no deaths.

Meanwhile, the other patients at the hospital have been evacuated to other nearby hospitals.

The Bhopal IGP said that the 350-bed hospital was old and this perhaps led to the collapse.

Kasturba hospital, one of the biggest and oldest hospitals in Bhopal city, provides free treatment to BHEL employees.

Bhopal Mayor Krishna Gaur has said a probe will be conducted. "Our primary concern is evacuation of patients and rescue of those trapped under the debris," she added.

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