Thiruvanathapuram: Heavy rain that lashed the capital on Friday inundated paediatric ICU of the Sree Avittam Tirunal Hospital (SAT), the government hospital meant for mother and infants.
The six children, including three newborns in the ventilator, who were undergoing treatment in the section were shifted to safer areas.
Water entered the ICU unit from the upper storey where construction was taking place. The upper area was covered by sheets to prevent rain water from entering the building. However, strong winds that accompanied the rain blew off the sheets
Fire and Rescue Service unit from Chengalchoola station rushed to the spot and pumped away the water from the hospital. Hospital authorities have allayed concerns regarding the safety of the children who were relocated from the ICU and said the new place has all the required amenities, including the oxygen cylinder.
The water from the top storey trickled down to the ICU along the walls, leaving scope for electrical risks. Hence the patients were shifted to safer areas. The hospital authorities have also found alternative arrangements in case more patients are to be shifted.