More than 30 children, many of them newborns, have lost their lives in a government-run hospital in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh during the last two days, police and officials say, as cited by Press TV.

“The hospital has said that 23 children died on Thursday and 11 today. At the moment we only have this information,” senior police superintendent Satyarth Aniruddha Pankaj said on Friday.

The children were admitted at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College, the biggest hospital in Gorakhpur district of the most populous state in the country, and their deaths, according to multiple local media reports, were attributed to the acute shortage of oxygen supply to the wards housing the sick.

The reports added that the company supplying oxygen to the hospital halted the service apparently because previous bills, running into millions of rupees, had not been paid, Press TV added.