Cylinder Blast Injures 2 Kids, 9 Others At MCCH Anantnag

Srinagar- At least 11 people, including two children were injured on Tuesday after a gas leak triggered a cylinder blast at the Maternity and Child Care Hospital (MCCH) in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

According to officials, the cylinder exploded on Tuesday afternoon at the ticketing counter at MCCH Anantnag, leaving as many as 11 people, including two minors, 6 attendants and 3 employees injured.

All the injured, the officials said, were removed to the Government Medical College (GMC) Anantnag for treatment. The condition of all the injured is stable.

The injured have been identified as Fayaz Nazir of Malknag and Sahil Raina of Bijbehara (both employees), Muhammad Abbas of Srigufwara, Sahil Khaliq of Warwan, Bittu Singh of Palpora Kulgam, Juniad Ahmed of Kokarnag, Zakir Tariq of Kachwan, Manan Javaid of Malknag, Rehana Farooq of DK Pora and mother-daughter duo Bilkesa Akhtar and Ruby Manzoor, both residents of DK Pora Anantnag.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Anantnag, Dr Piyush Singla has ordered a probe into the incident by an ADC level officer and has also asked them to submit the report within 7 days, an official spokesperson said.

Singla, he said, also announced that the government will bear medical expenses of the injured.

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