The death toll in India has reportedly reached 99 as more than 100 have been hospitalized after a tainted bootleg liquor in the Indian state of Assam.
Nearly all of the victims are plantation workers on tea farms in the rural region. The tragic incident is the second to occur in less than a week, after an estimated 100 people died from poisoned bootleg liquor in the state of Uttar Pradesh and surrounding areas.
Bootleg liquor, known as hooch, is fairly common in India – especially in the more rural areas in the northeastern parts of the country – because it is much less expensive than regulated alcohol. According to the BBC,
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The recent deaths In Assam, have been reportedly traced to a specific batch which contains methyl alcohol, which is a fuel or industrial solvent commonly used in factories.
Doctors in Assam said that the dozens of workers began to come complaining about headaches, but they did not know how to use it. Chest pain and vomiting on Thursday.
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"I had bought half a liter of wine and drank it before eating." Initially, everything was normal, but after some time my head started hurting, "said one hospitalized tea worker. "The headache grew so much that I could not eat or sleep."
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Doctors say that the recent batch is causing organ failure and eventual death to patients. in assam
An investigation has been opened, and expert analysts are reportedly on their way to examining the methyl alcohol mixture.