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The toll in the Bhopal hospital fire that occurred on Monday rose to 12 after eight more children died, ANI reported on Wednesday.

Dr Jyotsna Srivastava, the head of pediatrics department at Kamala Nehru Hospital, told the news agency all the 40 children present were evacuated after the fire broke out and their condition was stable.

She said that the four children who died on Monday were underweight and were admitted to the hospital as they were already facing difficulties in breathing.

“The smoke [from the blaze] worsened their condition further and they died before 12 pm,” Srivastava said. “This can be ruled as death due to accident.”

She said that eight more children died within 36 hours after Monday midnight, adding that they also suffered from conditions such as birth asphyxia and low birthweight. Birth asphyxia is a condition in which an infant does not receive enough oxygen before, during, or directly after birth.

Meanwhile, State Medical Education…

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