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Eastern India cholera death toll touches 140, official says

Eastern India cholera death toll touches 140, official says

A cholera outbreak has killed up to 140 people after heavy rains caused flooding and unsafe sanitary conditions in eastern India, an official said Thursday.
"The death toll in the three cholera-hit districts of the state _ Rayagara, Koraput and Kalahandi _ has gone up to 140," said Dr. Usha Patnaik, the director of health services in the state of Orissa.
On Monday, the death toll had been 70 and Patnaik said that the huge rise in the death toll was due to medical teams reaching areas that had been inaccessible.
"The situation has improved a lot in the last twenty-four hours as our teams have already reached many interior areas," she said.
The affected districts, Rayagara and Koraput, are about 390 and 500 kilometers (240 and 310 miles) southwest of the Orissa state capital, Bhubaneswar. Kalahandi is located 427 kilometers (265 miles) west of the state capital.
Cholera is a severe gastrointestinal disease often caused by consuming water or food contaminated with fecal matter.
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 2,200 people have been killed by heavy flooding, collapsing houses and other rain-related incidents.


Updated : 2021-04-21 06:07 GMT+08:00