Two farmers die and 17 had fallen ill after consuming open well water

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Two farmers died and seventeen were admitted to the government and private nursing homes in the town when they reportedly consumed water from a farm well at Kella village under the Gurla police station limits.

The farm workers included eight women, were engaged in the paddy field of farmer KV.Suryanarayana Raju on Saturday. After consuming water from the well in the field, six of them complained of giddiness and vomiting. They were rushed to the Gurla PHC and later shifted to District headquarters hospital late in the evening. The condition of four victims taking treatment at private nursing homes was said to be stable.

The 13 farm workers also complained symptoms of giddiness on Sunday and had been admitted to government hospital where their condition was normal. Police sources suspected contamination due to spraying of pesticides on the paddy crop. A post-mortem report would reveal the exact cause, said police sources.

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