Twelve newborns and as many adults died at a state-run hospital in Maharashtra’s Nanded in 24 hours, the hospital dean said, blaming a shortage of medicines and hospital staff.

Of 24 deaths, 12 adults were suffering from “various ailments, mostly snake bites”, the dean of Nanded’s Shankarrao Chavan Government Hospital said.

“Six males and six female babies died in the last 24 hours. Twelve adults also died due to various ailments, mostly snake bites. We faced some difficulty since various staff were being transferred,” he said.