At least five people died at the Rajaji Government Hospital in Madurai late on Tuesday. Sources said there was a power cut was from 6:10 to 8:30 pm. At least three people died within minutes of the first power cut setting in. Sources identified the deceased as Palaniamma of Dindigul; Ravichandran of Virudunagar; and Malliga from Madurai.
There were frequent power cuts after 8:30. Another two died during this. All the deaths were in the intensive care unit (ICU), ward number 101, in the new block of the hospital. Hospital dean K Vanitha said the power remained cut only for an hour and it was not the cause of the deaths. Dr Vanitha also said the hospital had an oxygen back-up. But the police said there was total blackout at the ICU.
She said three people were wheeled in to the hospital in a critical condition and they died as they were being treated.