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K’taka water contamination: Death toll rises to six, 36 more hospitalized

K’taka water contamination: Death toll rises to six, 36 more hospitalized

Chitradurga: The number of fatalities attributed to water contamination in Karnataka's Chitradurga district, rose to six on Saturday, while 36 more people were hospitalized, bringing the total to 185, according to officials.

The incident was reported on July 31 in the district's Kavadigarahatti area.

One of the victims, a 22-year-old woman Usha lost her child after she consumed the contaminated water. The authorities said that Usha came to her parents' home in Kavadigarahatti for her delivery, during which she drank the water. She immediately showed signs of diarrhoea after which she was admitted to the district hospital and despite the efforts, doctors could not save her child.

Rudrappa (50), who was admitted to Basaveshwara Hospital in Chitradurga, succumbed after severe symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea on Friday. Manjula (23) and Raghu (27), both residents of Kavadigarahatti, also died.

As many as 115 are admitted to Basaveshwara Hospital and 34 are being treated at the district hospital. According to local authorities, many of those who have been hospitalized are in critical condition.

Union Minister for State, A. Narayanaswamy, who represents the Chitradurga MP seat, visited the hospital and assured action.

Locals had staged a protest in Chitradurga alleging negligence by the administration and local Congress MLA K.C. Veerendra Pappi. Following the protest by religious pontiff Shri Shivasharana Haralaiah and Dalit leaders, Pappi paid a visit to Basaveshwara Hospital.

The FSL report of the water sample has confirmed that there was no poisonous chemical.

It was earlier alleged that miscreants might have poisoned the water after a POCSO Act case was filed against a local resident.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has ordered a probe into the incident and directed the district authorities to initiate stern action against those found guilty.

The authorities have sent a report recommending the suspension of AEE R. Manjunath Giraddi and JE S.R. Kiran Kumar, attached to Chitradurga Municipality. Prakash, who worked as a valve operator in Kavadigarahatti was also suspended by the district commissioner.

With inputs from IANS

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