Three persons died and 47 fell ill after drinking polluted water from open wells in two villages of Maharashtra’s Amravati district, an official said on Saturday.
As per a statement issued by the chief minister’s office (CMO), the affected persons belonged to Paach Dongri and Koylari villages of Melaghat in Amravati.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the victims, it was stated.
Earlier in the day, Eknath Shinde, who is currently in Delhi, phoned the collector of Amravati and directed that medical treatment be provided to the affected persons at the earliest and if needed, they be admitted to a private hospital, the statement said.
At least 50 persons fell ill after consuming polluted water from open wells and of these, three have died. The victims suffered from diarrhoea, it said.
The district collector informed the chief minister that condition of some patients was critical. To which, Eknath Shinde asked him to ensure that all efforts are taken to see that the toll does not rise.