Exodus From Kapur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh, India
September 1st, 2008 – 3:26 pm ICT by IANS -Kanpur, Sep 1 (IANS) Villages around Kanpur, which have seen a mysterious fever claiming over 140 lives in the past four weeks, are now witnessing a mass exodus.In the worst affected Ghaar and Pulandar villages, about 300 families have already moved out.
Over 1,000 people have been infected with the mysterious disease in the two villages, where about 800 families reside. Most of the people in these villages live in thatched houses.
Ailing people lying on cots and team of medicos visiting door to door reflect the alarming situation prevailing in these villages.
In these two villages at least 40 people have died of the mysterious disease, which is marked by high fever and has symptoms similar to malaria.
“The scare of the mysterious fever is driving away people in search of safe locations,” Ram Sewak, village head of Pulandar, told IANS.
“Considering the death toll, they (villagers) now think moving out from here is the most viable option to ward off the mysterious disease,” he added.
Comment-How long has this been going on now and they still don’t a clue as to what this is? What are they testing for? You can bet it isn’t H5N1!