인도 동부의 오리싸 주에서 콜레라가 발생해 119명이 사망했다고, 인도 보건당국이 밝혔습니다.

현재 인도 오리싸 주에서는 수천명의 가난한 부족민들이 콜레라에 감염됐으며, 라야가다와 코라푸트, 칼라한디 지역에서 사망자들이 발생했습니다.

오리싸에서 활동하는 국제구호기관들은 실제 사망자수가 250명이 넘을 것이라고 말했습니다.

구호기관들은 정부가 사망자 유족들에게 주는 보상금을 줄이려고 사망자수를 낮게 잡고 있다고 비난했습니다.

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Indian health officials say a cholera outbreak in eastern India has killed at least 119 people in recent weeks.

The bacterial disease has infected thousands of mainly poor, tribal people in Orissa State. Cholera deaths have been reported in the districts of Rayagada, Koraput and Kalahandi.

An international aid agency working in Orissa says the actual death toll is almost 250. ActionAid is accusing authorities of keeping figures low to minimize compensation payments to families of the dead.

Cholera is a gastrointestinal disease that is spread by contaminated water and causes severe diarrhea. ActionAid says the current outbreak erupted after severe flooding forced local people to drink polluted water and eat rotten food.

Health officials in Orissa say cholera patients are being treated in hospitals and the outbreak is coming under control.