TAMIL NADU

Three more dehydration deaths reported in Kanchi

RECURRING PROBLEM: Residents of Oli Mohammed Pettai being treated at a government school in the locality. — Photo: A.Muralitharan

RECURRING PROBLEM: Residents of Oli Mohammed Pettai being treated at a government school in the locality. — Photo: A.Muralitharan  

Staff Reporter

KANCHEEPURAM: A mystery diarrhoea-like disease here has claimed three more lives on Thursday even though the officials maintained that the total casualty figure has not crossed five.

Two victims — Rajendran (52) of Olimohammed Pettai and Lakshmi (60) of Vellakulam Street — were reported to have undergone treatment for diarrhoea at two different hospitals in the town. The third victim, Rajendran (48) died in the General Hospital around 11 a.m. on Thursday. Officials from the Health Department and Kancheepuram Municipality, who claimed that the deaths were due to acute dehydration, differed on how the disease spread.

Speaking to reporters at the Collectorate, the Health department officials said water contamination was the root cause for diarrhoeal infection. The Municipal officials denied that contaminated water was the problem. TWAD officials, who executed the Thiruparkadal Drinking Water Supply scheme, backed the civic body's claim by producing test certificates.

From Thursday, piped drinking water supply in the affected area was suspended and arrangements were made to distribute water through tankers, civic body sources said.

The HD officials said that a total of 207 patients (125 from Kancheepuram town and 72 from nearby villages) have been treated at the GH, CSI Hospital and Meenakshi Medical College Hospital between December 17 and 21. The number of cases reported in the forenoon of December 22 was 25 from the urban area and 10 from the rural area, they said.

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