Jharsuguda, Aug 12: Diarrhoea has started spreading to several villages in the Lakhanpur block of the Jharsuguda district.
According to the health authorities, the disease has spread to Badimal, Pithinda and Kholjamkani villages in the Lakhanpur block.
The water-borne disease also claimed another life on Thursday in Badimal village, taking the death toll in Lakhanpur to three.
“As many as 52 people from the Pithinda village, 14 from the Badimal village and 7 from Kholjamkani village have been affected by the disease,” said Baikunthanath Kashyap, a health official of Lakhanpur.
Kashyap has also informed that the affected people have been admitted to the local hospital for treatment while the health authorities have set up health camps at the Pithinda and Badimal villages.
Worth mentioning that cases of water-borne diseases are rising in Rayagada, Nuapada and Gajapati districts, where 12 deaths have been reported so far including 10 cholera deaths. The state government has issued an advisory to tackle the situation.
Kashipur block in Rayagada, where 10 cholera deaths have been reported, is the worst hit. The other two deaths from diarrhoea were reported from Komana block in Nuapada and Mohana block in Gajapati.