Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Villagers dying of toxic rice wine


At least 16 people have died in Kampong Cham province’s Oraing Ov district after reportedly drinking rice wine that some officials speculated had been contaminated with pesticides.

Deputy district governor Nuon Song said the deaths of the villagers – who were from three different communes – began on Friday, but that officials first got word of them on Sunday.

“After preliminary analysis from our experts, we suspect that they died because of intoxication,” he said.

“The authorities have worked hard to save their lives.

Seriously intoxicated villagers have been sent to the provincial hospital, while those slightly affected have been gathered at the Preah Theat pagoda for treatment.”

He said while eight villagers died in Preah Theat commune, four died in Ampil Tapoak commune and three died in Mean commune.

He added that at least 12 people – six of them women – died because the wine they drank was laced with an unknown contaminant, while two died from simple overdrinking and two because they were “too old”.

To read more: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010101844104/National-news/vicious-rice-wine-kills-scores.html

Please do not drink any wine there, when you travel soon to Kampong Cham!

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