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Rashmi Ranjan

The death toll in the LPG cylinder blast at Gambharimunda village in Khordha district mounted to four after two more victims undergoing treatment at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhubaneswar succumbed to injuries on Tuesday morning.

Earlier on August 20, two persons had died during treatment at the premier medical institute. 

The mishap took place at one Rabindra Sahoo's house at Gambharimunda village in Khordha district on August 19. Neighbours had helped in dousing the fire that followed the massive explosion. However, everything was reduced to ashes by the time the fire was brought under control.

One of the members of the Sahoo family and six others had sustained serious burn injuries while trying to extinguish the fire. One of them died on the spot.

The remaining injured people were rushed to hospitals in the Cuttack and Bhubaneswar for treatment.

Since there was no Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to treat burns patients at the AIIMS, authorities at the institute set up an ICU in just one hour time to treat the critical patients. 

Under the direct supervision of Director Gitanjali Batmanabane the staff at AIIMS had readied the ICU with and 30 doctors and nurses were engaged to treat the gas cylinder explosion victims.

The AIIMS had received accolades from all quarters for its sincere efforts to treat the critical patients.

Recently, the AIIMS Bhubaneswar had earned appreciation from all after it secured a place among the country's top 10 medical universities.

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