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NHRC sought report over ‘poisonous’ drinking water

ELogo BlueBhubaneswar , 28/4 ( Odisha Samachar/IMC) – The National Human Rights Commission has sought an action taken report from Odisha Government over ill effect of drinking water with pesticide content in Mayurbhanj district.

Acting on a complaint of human rights activist Akhand, the commission has directed secretary in charge of drinking water and sanitation under rural development department to file a reply within four weeks.

At least 43 persons including some children of Talapada village of Thakurmunda block in Mayurbhanj district were taken ill after consuming water with pesticide content from an overhead tank on 7 April.

Supply of drinking water from the tank, recently constructed by the department of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS), had begun three days ago from the date of incident, informed Akhand.

The people of Gopal Sahi, Tala Sahi and Bhalia Sahi villages consumed the water after it was supplied from the tank on 7 April morning. An hour later, some people of these villages complained of burning sensation in their faces followed by repeated vomiting. During investigation, the RWSS staff found a bottle of cylothin pesticide inside the tank.

“This is a negligence on part of RWSS department officials. It may be fatal if it continues any more day. But no action is being taken against anybody by the Government” alleged Akhand.

The NHRC has taken cognizance on the matter and issue notice to government authority to file a report within a month time.

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