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Three People From Same Family Die After Drinking Polluted Water From Well In Chhattisgarh

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Indiatimes
15th October, 2019 12:37 IST

Clean drinking is a basic human right but most of the country's villages hardly receive it. It is a necessity but is still considered a luxury in majority of our villages. India is already reeling under severe water crisis and of whatever water is left, that too seems to be unfit for drinking. In a tragic incident, three members of a family, including a child, allegedly died due to consumption of polluted water in Kusmi's Dumarkholi village, Balrampur district in Chhattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh: 3 members of a family, including a child, died allegedly due to consumption of polluted water in Kusmi's Dumarkholi village, Balrampur dist. Locals say "Water here is dirty." Kusmi's Chief Executive Officer says "16 hand-pumps are installed in Dumarkholi panchayat." pic.twitter.com/WrZatNaMqb

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The relatives of the deceased have said that there is no water in the handpumps in the village, forcing them to drink polluted water from a well.

One of the relatives of the deceased said, "Red coloured water comes from some of the handpumps here, while others are not functioning. We are forced to drink polluted water from a well and that is why some of us have gotten sick."

"Three members of a family died due to diarrhoea. We all drink water from a well. The officials from the administration have visited the village for inspection," another villager said.

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Balrampur District Health Officer, Basant Singh said that a survey is being carried out for cases of fever.

"Three people died on different dates in which one seemed to be a case of dysentery while the child had died due to fever. A survey is being carried out there for cases of fever," Singh stated.

"A medical camp was set up there in September and October, it will be set up again the next month," he added.

Kusmi's Chief Executive Officer Vinod Jaiswal said, "As many as 16 hand-pumps are installed in Dumarkholi panchayat."

(With ANI Inputs)

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