Orissa heat wave toll up

BHUBANESWAR, MAY 7. The death toll in the heat wave in Orissa has risen to nine, according to official sources. The toll increased after information about two deaths were received from Sundergarh district yesterday. The district accounted for the highest number of four deaths followed by Dhenkanal (two), Angul, Mayurbhanj and Kalahandi (one each), the sources said.

Diarrhoea not due to water

Meanwhile, the Government today denied charges that drinking water supplied to Berhampur from Bhubaneswar by train had caused the outbreak of diarrhoea in the South Orissa town which claimed two lives.

The water sent to Berhampur was purified and tested before being sent, an official release said here. A second quality test was conducted at Berhampur before it was distributed to the people, the release said.

Two persons died of diarrhoea in Berhampur, while over 200 people fell ill in the past few days. Most of the people have recovered after being treated in hospitals or privately at home.

The situation in Berhampur town was completely under control and the health department was fully prepared to meet any eventuality, the release said.