• Short Summary

    LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE CAUSES OF AN OUTBREAK OF FOOD POISONING WHICH KILLED SOME 46 PEOPLE AFTER A MOSLEM FEAST IN THE INDIAN BIHAR STATE VILLAGE OF MONGHYR LAST WEEK.

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    LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE CAUSES OF AN OUTBREAK OF FOOD POISONING WHICH KILLED SOME 46 PEOPLE AFTER A MOSLEM FEAST IN THE INDIAN BIHAR STATE VILLAGE OF MONGHYR LAST WEEK. SOME CHILDREN DIED ALMOST AS SOON AS THE FEAST HAD BEGUN, AND DEATHS CONTINUED FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS. THE DEAD WERE AMONG 150 GUESTS ATTENDING THE "SUNNAT" (CIRCUMCISION) CEREMONY OF THE SON OF A WEALTHY VILLAGER.

    MASS GRAVES HAVE BEEN DUG TO ACCOMMODATE THE TRAGIC VICTIMS OF THE FEAST. IN SOME EMERGENCY GRAVES TEN OR 15 BODIES WERE BURIED TOGETHER.

    THE FIRST NIGHT AT LEAST 40 PEOPLE WERE REPORTED DEAD AND 70 WERE TAKEN TO THE LOCAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. IN THE FOLLOWING DAYS SEVERAL MORE PEOPLE WERE REPORTED TO HAVE SUCCUMBED TO THE EFFECTS OF THE TAINTED FOOD.

    ACCORDING TO VILLAGERS, OFFICIAL DEATH FIGURES ARE NOT FULLY RELIABLE. THEY SAY THAT MANY WIDOWS AND YOUNG WOMEN WHO DO NOT NORMALLY SHOW THEIR FACES IN PUBLIC HAD BEEN GIVEN SOME OF THE FOOD IN THEIR OWN HOUSES ON THE NIGHT OF THE FEAST. IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW MANY OF THESE WOMEN MIGHT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED.

    THE TRAGEDY SPREAD EVEN TO THE PETS OF THE VILLAGERS - DOGS WHO HAD BEEN THROWN SCRAPS FROM THE FESTIVE TABLE WERE FOUND DEAD IN THE STREETS THE NEXT DAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6SHOBC113487J776ESQ33N3RI
    Media URN:
    VLVA6SHOBC113487J776ESQ33N3RI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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