Three more deaths of children suspected to have been caused by encephalitis were reported from Malkangiri district. According to Chief District Medical Officer, Sashi Bhusan Panda, the official death toll of children due to suspected encephalitis rose to 31. But private reports put the death toll above 50.

The recent deaths were reported from Korkunda block. As per data, a three-year-old girl child died at Puruna Orkel on Nov 30. A one-and-a-half-year old boy also died in the same area a day after. On Dec 2, a three-year-old girl of Pramilapadar village died. Massive vector control measures were initiated in the region.