About 50 kids ill after drinking water in Bihar

About 50 kids ill after drinking water in Bihar

Patna: About 50 children were taken ill Friday after drinking water from a handpump at a school in Bihar's Sitamarhi district, officials said.

On Thursday, 30 children had fallen sick after drinking water from handpumps at two separate schools of Saran and Gopalganj districts.

The Friday incident took place at the government middle school in Runnisaidpur of Sitamarhi, a district police officer said.

The sick children were first admitted to a primary health centre (PHC) in Runnisaidpur and later over a dozen, who were critically ill, were shifted to the district hospital for treatment.

The children complained of pain in the stomach and started vomiting after drinking the water.

"It appears to be the handiwork of some anti-social elements as the handpump might have been poisoned," education department officials said.

After the news spread, hundreds of villagers thronged the PHC where the children had been admitted.

Expressing concern over the incidents, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said: "I am really worried as after the contaminated mid-day meal tragedy, now reports of poison in handpumps at schools are coming in from various places."

The chief minister added that state Director General of Police Abhayanand had been directed to initiate a probe into the incidents.

As many as 23 children lost their lives July 16 after consuming contaminated mid-day meal at the government primary school in Dahrmasati Gandawan village at Mashrakh block of Saran district, 60 km from Patna.

The mid-day meal scheme is running in 72,000 schools across the state with 1.60 crore students availing hot, freshly cooked meals.

IANS

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After food contamination, now it has started for water also, it is very unfortunate that so many children are affected.It is to be confirmed whether the water was being used regularly or it was from an abandoned source. It is quite possible that the water being used in the area might be contaminated and requires to be tested and cleared.

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Bihar is one of worst states of India No matter even if the best of the CM rules nothing can change Biharwhich has been bad &worst for the last several years so long there are bad evil elements who continue their goonda raj,even the best of CM also is prevented from doing any good reforms.

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it is right time Nitish focusses only on Bihar then talk about destroying BJP into its original position. Who cares if BJP goes to its original position, it is important that he takes care of Bihar and its people.

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