Tox­ins in State wa­ter killed 14, al­lege lo­cals

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE - AGEN­CIES /

At least 14 peo­ple have died in past 24 months, due to the al­leged tox­ins present in the wa­ter in a 250-feet borewell in Ma­ha­rash­tra’s Ya­vat­mal. The lo­cals in the area have said that the deaths were the re­sult of tox­ins present in a 250-ft borewell in Ya­vat­mal. As per the lo­cals at least 38 oth­ers have been ad­mit­ted to the hospi­tal and 110 more cases have been iden­ti­fied fac­ing sim­i­lar Kid­ney re­lated is­sues.

“A lot of peo­ple are fac­ing Kid­ney re­lated prob­lem. We in­formed the gov­ern­ment about this, but no proper ar­range­ment has been made in this mat­ter. We want proper med­i­cal fa­cil­ity,” said a lo­cal.

Sur­pris­ingly, the 250-feet borewell is the only source of wa­ter for Asola vil­lage in Ya­vat­mal tehsil and they are left with no other op­tion than to have wa­ter from that.

As per the ex­perts, the borewell is con­tam­i­nated with ni­trate and con­tin­u­ous in­take of the wa­ter is dam­ag­ing the kid­ney of the lo­cals. Dr. Ab­hyu­day Meghe of OSDM Acharya Vi­noba Bhave Ru­ral Hospi­tal also con­firmed that the prob­lem be­ing faced by the lo­cals.

“38 peo­ple have been ad­mit­ted to our hospi­tal, which has been tested with a high amount of Ker­atin. The con­tent of ni­trate in the wa­ter seems to be high,” said Dr. Ab­hyu­day Meghe, OSDM Acharya Vi­noba Bhave Ru­ral Hospi­tal.

Re­cently, a team of four doc­tors from the hospi­tal which came to take the pa­tients, wit­ness­ing the alarm­ing sit­u­a­tion has set-up a check-up camp in the vil­lage.

The vil­lages said that the gov­ern­ment are not pay­ing any heed to the is­sue de­spite the lo­cals com­plain­ing about the wa­ter.

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