Five people died and around 250 were hospitalized on Tuesday in Bholakpur, Hyderabad, after they consumed drinking water contaminated with drainage sewage.
The people who were suffering from loose motions and vomiting were rushed to Gandhi Hospital and Sir Ronald Ross Institute of Tropical and Communicable Diseases (Fever Hospital). Many affected persons were admitted to private nursing homes also.
As the news spread, hundreds of residents of Bholakpur and surrounding areas went berserk, raising slogans and organising rasta rokos creating a lot of tension forcing the police to beef up security at hospitals, government offices and other areas.
Amdhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr YS Rajasekhar Reddy, who is holidaying in Shimla, reviewed the situation and ordered an inquiry into the incident. An official of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) has been suspended. The CM also sanctioned an ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to the kin of the deceased.
The CM also ordered the HMWS&SB officials to review the drinking water contamination with drainage sewage and take immediate remedial measures.
A new water supply pipeline at a cost of Rs. 42 lakh would also be taken up and works completed in a fortnight.