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Nand Nagri fire toll rises to 18

delhi Updated: Nov 22, 2011 23:57 IST
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The death toll in Nand Nagri fire tragedy rose to 18 on Tuesday. Two more eunuchs identified as Sonia, 50, a resident of Kolkata and Nazira, 80, who had suffered severe burn injuries in the fire, breathed their last in the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital.

Around 30 eunuchs are still undergoing medical treatment at the GTB Hospital. These eunuchs, who had come to Delhi from across India for the prayer conclave in Nand Nagri, have been provided accommodation in a community hall in the neighbouring Sunder Nagri colony.

“Around 500 eunuchs have been provided temporary accommodation in Sunder Nagri community hall. We are providing them all basic facilities and food is also being served to them,” said a senior government official.

A mobile toilet van and an ambulance have also been stationed outside the community hall.

“Many eunuchs have come from outside Delhi and their group members are undergoing medical treatment at GTB Hospital. So they’ll be staying in Delhi for sometime,” the official added.

The Sundar Nagri community hall was provided to the eunuchs as a shelter from November 21, a day after the fire blazed the community hall in Nand Nagri.

While some have taken the accommodation in Sunder Nagri community hall, others are still waiting outside Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, praying for the speedy recovery of their group members.

Scores of eunuchs have spent the last two nights outside the hospital. “We are waiting for the health updates of our group members. We can’t leave them alone here,” said Pinky.

At the GTB Hospital, only three bodies are yet to be identified while the others have been handed over to their group members. “Only three bodies are left. Eunuchs from across the country have been coming here to identify the bodies, so we are hoping that these bodies too will be identified soon,” said a senior official at the GTB Hospital.