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100 persons ill due to water contamination
25 Jun 2009, 0351 hrs IST, TNN
BANGALORE: Contaminated drinking water took a heavy toll yet again. On Wednesday, close to 100 persons from Reddypalya near the old international
airport bore the brunt of gastroenteritis. More than 60 were treated as out-patients and 30 admitted to the HAL Hospital.
The main cause was water contamination caused by leakage of sewage water into drinking water pipes. According to area ex-councillor Anand Kumar Babu, during road construction work, sewage and drinking water pipes were damaged and this led to contamination.
The main water supply at Reddypalya is through CMC borewells. With no options available, people here have been drinking contaminated water for the past three days.
When many people started vomiting and showed symptoms of diarrhoea, they realized that drinking water was the cause.
Doctors at HAL Hospital said all patients are in stable condition and children and senior citizen were the most affected. Five patients suffering from dehydration due to GE have been admitted to the Isolation Hospital. However, some residents feel the cause for the sudden illness could be consumption of rotten mangoes.
Meanwhile, BBMP as well as the district health officer assured that the problem would be investigated on Thursday.