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  • Cambodia - Kratie province: 237 hospitalised and 13 died from methanol-laced rice wine and tainted water

    Death toll from contaminated water in Cambodia rises to 10, 121 hospitalized

    Source: Xinhua 2018-05-06 15:07:26

    PHNOM PENH, May 6 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from drinking contaminated water in eastern Cambodia's Kratie province has risen to 10, as 121 others were hospitalized, Om Phy, deputy police chief of Kratie province, said Sunday.

    "Four more victims were confirmed dead at the Kratie Provincial Hospital and the Phnom Penh's Calmette Hospital today, bringing the number of the dead to 10, as the number of villagers hospitalized has reached 121," he told Xinhua, adding that the dead were four men and six women.

    Villagers in Sre Non village, the tiny indigenous people's village in Chitborey district, have fallen ill and died subsequently since Thursday after they reportedly drank contaminated water from a canal in the village.

    Om Phy said the village has about 50 families and it was suspected that the water was contaminated with insecticides that farmers used on their crops planted along the canal.
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    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._137159419.htm
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    Ministry of Health Clarifies Causes of Poisoning Case in Kratie Province

    AKP Phnom Penh, May 09, 2018 –

    The Ministry of Health has concluded that the poisoning case in Kantuot commune, Chetr Borei district, Kratie northeastern province, claiming 13 lives is due to methanol-laced rice wine and tainted water.

    According to the ministry’s statement released yesterday, as of 5:00 pm of May 8, 2018, the report on investigation conducted by Emergency Response Working Group of the ministry and Kratie Provincial Health Department along with a technical consultant from the World Health Organisation confirmed that the main causes the poisoning case are rice wine with high level of methanol and tainted water at Prek Te and O’ Koki sources.

    Of the total 293 villagers who received medical consultations, 237 were hospitalised, 58 found to be poisoned, and 13 died. 179 others had no symptoms of poisoning.

    The Ministry of Health advised the local people to stop drinking rice wine produced without standards and using temporarily water from Prek Te and O’ Koki sources, but to use the clean water supplied by authorities, to live and eat hygienically, and not to dispose waste or chemical substances in river, lake or canal.
    By Khan Sophirom

    http://www.akp.gov.kh/?p=127061
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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