PHNOM PENH, The death toll from drinking contaminated water in Eastern Cambodia's Kratie province, has risen to six, as 52 others hospitalised, a local police official said, Saturday.

The incident occurred at an indigenous people's village, in Chitborey district, on Thursday, said Om Phy, deputy police chief of Kratie province.

"One more victim was pronounced dead this afternoon, at the hospital, bringing the number of death to six," he said, adding that, the dead were two men and four women.

Besides the dead, he said, 52 others had been admitted to hospital, three of them were in severe condition.

The villagers fell ill and died subsequently, after they reportedly drank contaminated water from a canal in the village, he said, adding that, the victims had the same symptoms such as chest pain, dizziness, vomit, stomach ache and eye irritation.

Om Phy said, it was suspected that the water was contaminated with insecticide that farmers used on their crops, planted along the canal.

"It's just the start of the rainy season, and there is rain these days, I suspect that rain water has flown insecticide from the farms into the canal," he said.

A sample of the water in the canal had been sent to a health laboratory in Phnom Penh for examination, the result is unavailable yet.

Source: NAM News Network

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