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Diwali horror: 500 injuries reported in 5 cities

Diwali horror: 500 injuries reported in 5 cities

New Delhi: The celebration of lights and happiness on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, ended up in a nightmare as several cases of eye injuries and skin burns were reported in various hospitals across India.

Two leading hospitals in Hyderabad reported cases of eye injuries due to the burning of crackers and carelessness.

At least 86 cases were reported at Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital in Mehdipatnam while 40 people are consulting LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEIP) for their eye injuries.

The list of injured included 6 children and an 18-year-old B.Tech student from a private Engineering college in Ibrahimpatnam.

The ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR may not have had the desired impact on air quality, but major hospitals in the national capital have reported less burn injury cases this Diwali than the year before.

Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital and RML Hospital, both of which have big burn units, received 66 and 29 patients respectively.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) did not receive any burn injury cases, doctors said.

The Delhi government’s largest hospital, the LNJP Hospital also received just 10 patients.

Authorities at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said that its casualty unit received 15 cases of burn injuries during the night, 10 of whom were adults and five children.

In Karnataka, at least more than 30 youngsters have been admitted in the city hospitals with eye injuries due to carelessness.

Many doctors feel that the Supreme Court ban on sale of crackers in Delhi-NCR may have contributed to less number of burn cases reported at hospitals.

In Rajasthan, nearly 60 people mostly children and young adults were injured during Diwali celebrations in the Pink City.

Chandigarh recorded 141 burn injuries on Diwali.

Diwali Horror: Fire injuries, skin burns, eye infections across 5 cities

Cities

No.of injuries reported
Hyderabad 86
New Delhi 120
Rajasthan 60
Karnataka 30
Chandigarh 141