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Subject: Cholera-hit Indians 'face hunger'
mithradates    9/6/2007 10:20:01 AM
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mithradates       9/6/2007 10:21:00 AM
holera-hit Indians 'face hunger'
By Salman Ravi
BBC Hindi service, Kalahandi, Orissa" alt="" border="0" height="1" hspace="0" vspace="0" width="416">" alt="A cholera patient in orissa" border="0" height="152" hspace="0" vspace="0" width="203">
Hundreds have been admitted to hospital (Photo: Kalinga Times)
Villagers are facing starvation in a tribal area of eastern India where an outbreak of cholera has killed scores of people in recent weeks.

The BBC visited affected districts in Orissa state and found people with no food, surviving on leaves. They said they had seen no rice since last year.

Doctors blame contaminated food and water for the cholera epidemic, which officials say has killed 175 people.

Aid workers say years of neglect have helped fuel the spread of the disease.

They say the death toll in the three worst hit districts of Rayagada, Koraput and Kalahandi is at least 250.

No food

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Bratindi Jenna,

In a number of affected areas, we found people with no food. For the past nine months, people in this part of the country have had no rice.

One official in Kalahandi district told the BBC that starvation had played a significant role in many recent deaths from diseases such as cholera and malaria across Orissa.

The Orissa authorities denied there had been any deaths from starvation.

Official Indian policy dictates that those living below the poverty line are given rice by the government.

But those who need it most in this part of the country, appear not to be getting it." alt="map" border="0" height="152" hspace="0" vspace="0" width="203">

Meanwhile, the authorities have suspended four local government officials responsible for supplying food to this remote region.

The four are accused of siphoning off emergency food supplies for profit.

Police are also seeking to question an agent who supplied rice and vegetables to some remote districts. He has been charged with misappropriating government grain supplies.

The extremely poor indige

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mithradates       9/6/2007 10:25:00 AM
my condolences to the Indian people.
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Buddha_Smiles       9/15/2007 3:11:12 PM
In a narrow alleyway in Liguanzhuang village, residents idle away a hot afternoon near a stinking rubbish dump, worrying about when the bulldozers will come. To prepare for the Olympic Games next year, Beijing's authorities are removing such eyesores. Old villages surrounded by the expanding city are being demolished. With them goes cheap housing, vital to the city's huge pool of migrant workers. China does not like to admit it has slums. But it does, and it will find it needs them.

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