Rayagada: At least five persons, including a girl died of asphyxiation inside a septic tank in Paika Sahi of Durgi village under Bissamcuttack police limits in Rayagada district on Sunday morning.
The five died while undergoing treatment at the Christian Hospital in Rayagada. All the deceased were labourers.
According to reports, the victims were trapped in an under construction septic tank after they entered into it to rescue a woman labourer who was trapped.
However, they all fell unconscious inside the tank.
As they did not came out for a long time, fellow villagers brought them out of the tank and rushed them to Christian Hospital. While five of them were declared dead, another labourer was battling for life in the hospital.