Pithoragarh, October 7
Diarrhoea has claimed one life in Dobans village of Pithoragarh. The disease has also gripped some villages of Champawat. Earlier, four deaths due to diarrhoea were reported from Almora district.

Dr JS Pangti, Chief Medical Officer, Pithoragarh, said 78-year-old Laxmi Dutt Joshi died of diarrhoea in Dobans village. Two others had been admitted to the Pithoragarh District Hospital and their condition was stated to be critical. Five persons were taking treatment from a medical team in the village, he added.
The worst-affected villages in Champawat are in the Talla Desh Patti area, where several children and women are suffering from it.
Maha Singh, former Gram Pradhan of Tarkuli village of the area, demanded that medical camps be organised in these villages to check the spread of the disease.
According to information received from the remote village of Manch in Champawat, villagers are being forced to drink water from open sources as the drinking water scheme that supplies water to the village is yet to be repaired by the Jal Sansthan after it damaged in this rainy season. “We took up the issue with Jal Sansthan engineers many a times. However, they did not pay any heed to our complaint. Most of the villagers are now suffering from diarrhoea as they are being forced to drink water from open sources," said Sher Singh Mahar, a social worker from the area.

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