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CAPpings - India - Poison potion in pipe leak pang in Bihar - Corrosion leads to contamination of drinking water - Hundreds of people have started suffering from diarrhoea

Poison potion in pipe leak pang in Bihar. Leaks in supply pipelines have left residents of a major portion of the town high and dry this monsoon, compelling them to quench their thirst with water filled with mud and dirt. Hundreds of people have started suffering from diarrhoea with Jaiprakash Narayan Hospital alone receiving 33 patients from Iqbal Nagar near Ramshila hills in the past two days.

Leaks in supply pipelines have left residents of a major portion of the town high and dry this monsoon, compelling them to quench their thirst with water filled with mud and dirt. The result is predictable; hundreds have started suffering from diarrhoea with Jaiprakash Narayan Hospital alone receiving 33 patients from Iqbal Nagar near Ramshila hills in the past two days. “Eighteen of them were admitted today,” hospital deputy superintendent S.Z. Ahsan told The Telegraph.

“They are suffering from diarrhoea because of drinking contaminated water,” he said, adding that the residents were prone to suffer from typhoid, jaundice and even acute encephalitis syndrome if they drink such water. Not that the residents have an option to get pure drinking water. Sources said water supplied through pipelines has become polluted with rainwater seeping into them through the leakages.

A laboratory test of water sample, collected from Gurudwara Road, revealed that it had turbidity much higher than a human system can tolerate. “The test conducted at the laboratory of the public health and engineering department showed that the turbidity of water is 10 times higher than the desired level and five times higher than the permissible limit. The laboratory has declared the water unfit for consumption,” a source said.

Article Source: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120625/jsp/bihar/story_15652334.jsp
Publication Date: 25 June 2012

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