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Eastern India cholera outbreak kills 70, official says

Eastern India cholera outbreak kills 70, official says

A cholera outbreak has killed up to 70 people after heavy rains caused flooding and unsafe sanitary conditions in eastern India's Orissa state, an official said.
"An outbreak of cholera ... has claimed seventy lives so far. All the deaths have occurred within the span of the last one month," Chinmoy Basu, a senior official in Orissa's health and family welfare department, told reporters late Monday.
Medical teams have been sent to the affected areas and the situation is now under control, Basu said.
The affected districts, Rayagara and Koraput, are about 390 and 500 kilometers (240 and 310 miles) southwest of the Orissa state capital, Bhubaneswar.
Cholera is a severe gastrointestinal disease often caused by consuming contaminated water or food.
Thousands of people around India have suffered from waterborne illnesses since the start of the monsoon season in June this year.
Monsoon rains _ vital to farmers but often deadly _ usually hit India from June to September. During this year's monsoon season, more than 1,550 people have been killed by heavy flooding, collapsing houses and other rain-related incidents.


Updated : 2021-07-27 05:12 GMT+08:00