Vijayawada: District medical and health officials have confirmed that death of monkeys in large numbers is the preliminary cause of contamination of water in Kotha Majeru village of Challapalle mandal, Krishna district. There have been a number of deaths and water borne diseases in the village due to this.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, K. Ratnagiri, mandal health officer, who is monitoring sanitation works that are on in the village, believed that the decomposed remains that were found in the pond and water tank are suspected to be the remains of dead monkeys and also supposed that it might be the reason for contamination of water in both the pond and in the water tank.
“We have found decomposed remains of dead monkeys in the water tank and also in the pond. That might be the reason for the tragedy. Many deaths in the village and water borne diseases was caused by drinking water in the pond, as it is the only source,” said Mr Ratnagiri, clarifying the cause behind the prevalence of diseases and deaths in the village.
According to villagers, a large number of monkeys used to hang out near the pond and water tank in the village. And the dead monkeys fell into the pond and also in the water tank.
On drinking contaminated water, health of the locals was affected and many died due to water borne and respiratory diseases. The situation aggravated leading to outbreak of the water borne diseases after the filter beds in the drinking water plant, was damaged.
Meanwhile, the Krishna district officials are taking all measures and cleaning both the pond and water tank. Officials are supplying water to villagers through tankers.
Location: Andhra Pradesh