PM asks nation to stand by victims of Gorakhpur tragedy

RSTV Bureau
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the historic Red Fort on India's 71st Independence Day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the historic Red Fort on India’s 71st Independence Day.

In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to speak about the recent hospital tragedy in Gorakhpur, where 60 babies died in a week’s time.

The Prime Minister called on people to stand with the families of those affected in the tragedy and extended his sympathies.

“People of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters and the tragedy in Gorakhpur,” said the Prime Minister.

The deaths in the Gorakhpur hospital were alleged to have been caused by shortage of oxygen, a claim dismissed by the state government. The deaths occurred state-run BRD Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur, CM Yogi Adityanath’s constituency.

“I assure the people that with all sensitivity in mind, the government will ensure the well-being and safety of people and will leave no stone unturned to help them,” the Prime Minister added.

PM Modi also expressed concern for those who were affected by natural calamities.

“Many parts of the country faced natural calamities in the recent past. Children died at a hospital, the entire nation is with them,” he said in his speech.

“Natural calamities become a big challenge. Good rains contribute to prosperity of the country, but climate change creates problems,” he added.

In Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district, more than 50 people died after a landslide hit the region. North-East India and Bihar have been hit by floods, which claimed several lives.

(With inputs from PTI)