Diarrhea kills 67 people in northern India

LUCKNOW, India (AP) - An outbreak of diarrhea in India's most populous state has killed at least 67 people, mostly children, in the past 10 days, a government health official said Wednesday. 

Deaths from waterborne diseases during the rainy season are common in Uttar Pradesh, an impoverished state with poor water, power and health facilities. 

An outbreak of diarrhea has been reported in 11 districts and more than 250 people have been admitted to hospitals statewide, R.B. Singh, the officer in charge of epidemic control. 

At least 67 people have died since Aug. 4, he said, most of them children. 

Worst affected has been the district of Ballia, 320 kilometers (200 miles) east of Lucknow, the state capital, where at least 19 children have died in the past five days, said Dr. S.R. Yadav, the district's chief medical officer. 

Six children died of diarrhea last week in Lucknow, where sewage entered a pipeline carrying drinking water to the Jankipuram neighborhood. 

Local news reports say the death toll is much higher than the official figure.More than 200 people died of diarrhea, cholera and malaria in the state during the last monsoon season, Singh said. - AP 

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