9th person dies week after Florida nursing home evacuation

2017-09-20 12:30
The Rehabilitation Centre in Hollywood Hills, Florida, had no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power. (John McCall, South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

The Rehabilitation Centre in Hollywood Hills, Florida, had no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power. (John McCall, South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

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Hollywood — A ninth person has died nearly a week after the evacuation of a Florida nursing home that Hurricane Irma left without air conditioning.

Governor Rick Scott's office announced that a 93-year-old man who had been a patient at the Rehabilitation Centre at Hollywood Hills died on Tuesday.

Facility staff began calling 911 on September 12, three days after Irma hit. By the next morning, rescue officials realised how bad the situation was at the centre, which had operated for days without air conditioning and made the rooms stiflingly hot.

Eight people died and 145 patients had to be moved out of the facility, many of them on stretchers or in wheelchairs.

Authorities have launched a criminal investigation to figure out what went wrong and who, if anyone, was to blame.

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