Six dead at Florida nurs­ing home

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

MI­AMI - Six res­i­dents of a Florida nurs­ing home which has been with­out power since Hur­ri­cane Irma have died and more than 100 have been evac­u­ated, of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day.

"It's a sad event," said To­mas Sanchez, the po­lice chief in Hol­ly­wood, the city north of Mi­ami where the re­tire­ment fa­cil­ity is lo­cated.

"We be­lieve at this time they may be re­lated to the loss of power in the storm," Sanchez told a news con­fer­ence.

Florida Gover­nor Rick Scott is­sued a state­ment say­ing he was "ab­so­lutely heart­bro­ken" to learn of the deaths of the el­derly re­tirees.

"I am go­ing to ag­gres­sively de­mand an­swers on how this tragic event took place," Scott said in a state­ment.

"Although the de­tails of th­ese re­ported deaths are still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, this sit­u­a­tion is un­fath­omable," he said.

The gover­nor said he has or­dered a probe by state au­thor­i­ties.

"If they find that any­one wasn't act­ing in the best in­ter­ests of their pa­tients, we will hold them ac­count­able to the fullest ex­tent of the law," he said. AFP

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