8 Die At US Nursing Home In Aftermath Of Irma

Last update: 14/09/2017

WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Bernama) -- Eight people died at a nursing home in the US state of Florida for possible heat-related reasons after its air conditioning system was knocked out by Hurricane Irma, China's Xinhua news agency reported authorities as saying.

In a press release, the office of the Broward Medical Examiner and Trauma Services confirmed the eight deaths at the Rehabilitation Centre at Hollywood Hills in east coastal city of Hollywood, located about 32 km north of Miami.

The victims were five women and three men, aged between 71 to 99. The causes of their deaths are yet to be determined, the release said.

Local police said investigators believe the deaths were heat-related. The facility has been sealed off for a criminal investigation after 158 patients, sweltering for days, were evacuated to hospitals.

The medical examiner's office said three of the victims were found dead early Wednesday, while the others died either at or on the way to hospitals.....