As many as 70 people have been killed by an outbreak of cholera that followed heavy rains and poor sanitary conditions in India, an official said last night.
Chinmoy Basu, a senior official in Orissa state’s health and family welfare department told reporters: “An outbreak of cholera in two southern districts of Rayagara and Koraput has claimed seventy lives so far. All the deaths have occurred within the span of the last one month.”
Medical teams have been sent to the affected areas and the situation is now under control with only two deaths reported in the last 24 hours, Basu added.
Rayagara and Koraput districts are located about 390 and 499 kilometres (242 and 310 miles) southwest of state capital Bhubaneswar.
Cholera is a severe gastrointestinal disease caused by poor and inadequate and by consuming contaminated water or food.
Thousands of people all over India have suffered from waterborne illnesses since the start of the monsoon season in June this year.
Monsoon rains usually hit India from June to September.
They are vital to farmers whose crops feed hundreds of millions of people, but are also deadly.