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State-owned Plantation Corporation of Kerala began aerial spraying of the pesticide in its plantations spread across 15 panchayats in Kasargod district in 1978 and its application continued till 2001, when the Pollution Control Board suspended aerial spraying. Unofficial estimates put the total number of deaths since the late 70s at around 4,000. Photo shows an 18-year-old victim from Kasargod. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
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