250 flood victims suffer food poisoning – By Irfan Aligi
KARACHI: More than 250 of the 1,400 flood victims at a relief camp set up in Bengali Boys Sindhi Section School in Ibrahim Hyderi fell unconscious immediately after consuming cooked food, sources said.
The victims started vomiting and the condition of around 59 of them started worsening until they had to be taken to a nearby hospital.
The medical teams available at the camp rushed to the scene and efforts were initiated to provide immediate medical assistance to them.
A local philanthropist had been providing cooked food to the flood victims after Mukhtiarkar Asadullah Abbasi had encouraged him to do so.
A well-placed officer in the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) Revenue Department told Daily Times that by the time the food carriage arrived at the relief camp, the cooked rice had turned stale.
However, since the rice did not show any sign of rotting, it was served to the flood victims.
Subsequently, they started vomiting and majority of them fell unconscious.
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