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Aaqib Magray

Ganderbal 19 Aug【KNZ】: As many as 200 people have been taken ill of a Reshipora and Shahpora villages in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal District took ill of them hospitalized after allegedly drinking contaminated water.

“This is a serious case of negligence on the part of the PHE and its management,locals said

They also said that 200 people including men, women,childrens in two adjacent villages, Shahpora and Reshipora, have been complaining of diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and severe body ache from couple of days.

They also claimed that the disease spread due to contaminated water that was supplied to the villages.“Water storage tank which supplies water to the villages has not been cleaned from the couple of years,” they added.

The locals while holding Public health engineering (PHE) deptt responsible for the outbreak of diseases said that PHE employees have never bothered to visit the village to see if the water that is being supplied here is safe or not.

“The water storage tank was never cleaned before but now the officials of PHE deptt have initiated ist cleaning process just to save themselves from the backlash,” they added.

When contacted Medical superintendent district Hospital Ganderbal, he said, “We have treated many patients so far and it is water borne disease. We have send samples to the laboratory are expecting results on Monday or Tuesday.”

Executive engineer PHE Ganderbal hung-up the phone saying, “This is an old matter. Water is safe and there is no infection.”KNZ