Flash floods force Sultanah Aminah Hospital evacuations

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PETALING JAYA: Flash floods around the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru have complicated matters, forcing the evacuation of its patients to Klinik Kesihatan Mahmoodiah.

The Health Ministry announced the evacuation in a brief post this evening on its Facebook page, saying that the flash floods had caused power outages that shut off the hospital’s facilities.

The flash floods follows the death of six people this morning after a fire broke out at the same hospital, forcing the evacuation of patients.

Five fire trucks arrived at the scene after the fire started at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at about 9am.

Hospital staff evacuated patients from the other wards to the main grounds outside the building, while tents were set up to provide shade for the patients.

Johor Bahru (South) Police Chief ACP Sulaiman Salleh said those killed included four females, all of whom were believed to be patients.

Director General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah also said in a Facebook post this evening that the cause of the fire had yet to be determined, with investigations by the Fire & Rescue team still ongoing.

“The contingency plan has been initiated and patients from the Sultanah Aminah Hospital have been diverted to nearby hospitals,” Noor Hisham wrote.