3 kids die, another critical in fire mishap in Odisha’s Ganjam; CM announces ex-gratia

Berhampur:  A pal of gloom descended on Khairachata  village under Polasara block in Ganjam district today after three out of the four children, who had suffered critical burn injuries in a fire mishap, succumbed while undergoing treatment at MKCG Medical College and Hospital here today.

Earlier in the day, four children, including a 5-year-old girl  suffered critical burn injuries after a fire broke out in a paddy yard at the village. The incident took place when the kids, aged between 5 and 7 years, were playing near the paddy yard. Locals rushed to the spot and doused the flames.  The kids were immediately rushed to the Community Health Centre (CHC) at Polasara in critical condition and later shifted to MKCG.

While undergoing treatment, three of them, including the girl succumbed to the injuries.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia for families  of the three deceased and free medical treatment for the injured, who is stated to be critical.


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