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Walkout over deaths in tribal colonies

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) members staged a walkout in the Assembly on Wednesday alleging government apathy towards the outbreak of cholera in tribal colonies in Wayanad district claiming six lives.

The House witnessed noisy scenes for quite a while during zero hour with the Opposition accusing the government and the district administration of having shown scant regard for the plight of the Adivasis. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the district administration and the health officials had been asked to contain the cholera outbreak in the colonies at Pulpally, Vellamunda and Sulthan Bathery. The cholera outbreak had been attributed to the absence of latrines in 31 out of the 82 Adivasi houses in these colonies. This had resulted in wells getting contaminated. The district administration had begun steps to supply drinking water in these colonies in lorries and where that was not possible, in cans. The government had also directed the district administration to construct latrines in these colonies. The funds would be sanctioned by the Cabinet, he said.

Earlier, Health Minister Adoor Prakash said the situation in the cholera-affected colonies was under control. He identified three deaths, that of Karuppy (44), Vijith (4) and Remya (13). But the Opposition disputed his statement and said the death toll had risen to six.

The Minister said a team of doctors from the Kozhikode Medical College had gone to the colonies. A special ward would be opened in the Wayanad district hospital to treat the cholera-hit Adivasis, he said.

Seeking leave for the adjournment motion, A. Pradeep Kumar (CPI-M) alleged that there was gross failure on the part of the district administration and the health authorities in checking the outbreak of the disease.

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