Chitradurga (Karnataka), Aug 5: The death toll from water contamination in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district rose to six on Saturday, while 36 more people were hospitalised increasing the overall number of patients to 185, officials said.
The incident was reported on July 31 in the district’s Kavadigarahatti area. Many of those who have been hospitalised are in critical condition, according to local authorities. 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 started vomiting and showed signs of diarrhoea after which she was admitted to the district hospital.Despite efforts, the 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.