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Irma: Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power

Sun Online Desk     14th September, 2017 09:38:55 printer

Irma: Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power



Eight people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died.


Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm.


Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood. Five others died in hospital.


Ten million people are still without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas after Hurricane Irma.


The storm - which has claimed more than two dozen lives in the US - struck southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a category four hurricane before weakening to a tropical depression on Monday.


Irma earlier left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, where nearly 40 people were killed.


Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills facility has been sealed off and police are conducting a criminal investigation.



Florida Governor Rick Scott also ordered emergency workers to check on nursing homes and assisted living facilities to ensure residents are safe.


The nursing home has had brushes with the regulators in recent years for violating federal rules on its power system, a generator and because of a faulty alarm, according to records.



Who were the nursing home victims?


Bobby Owens, 84


Manuel Mario Medieta, 96


Miguel Antonio Franco, 92


Estella Hendricks, 71


Gail Nova, 71


Carolyn Eatherly, 78


Betty Hibbard, 84


Albertina Vega, 99


The facility is not the only Florida nursing home that has been left without power by Irma.


An estimated 150 facilities out of the nearly 700 in the state are currently without full power services, the association said.


Popular with retirees, Florida is home to more than 680 nursing homes, which house about 73,000 residents, according to the Florida Health Care Association.


Assisted living facilities across the state serve an additional 92,000 residents.


But concern for the safety of Florida's 3.6 million senior citizens is growing as officials struggle to restore power amid sweltering temperatures.


More than half of a large retirement community in Pembroke Pines, Florida, still had no electricity by Wednesday afternoon, leaving elderly residents stuck in rooms with no access to lifts.


Source: BBC