Starvation kills 5 of a family in Balangir, Orissa, India

December 21, 2009 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

Following is a report from Times of India:
When Minzi Bariha (65) breathed her last on Thursday, she became the fifth member of her family to have died within the last three
months. Impoverished and emaciated, this poor tribal family in Khaparakhol block of Bolangir district in Orissa has lost one member after another allegedly due to starvation, malnutrition and diseases and thereby exposing the continued vulnerability of distressed people in the infamous Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput region to hunger and deprivation.

Minzi died in the district headquarters hospital in Bolangir after waging an unsuccessful battle for survival. Doctors who attended on her reported to have attributed her death to starvation, malnourishment and lack of healthcare. The latest deaths mean the family now has just two surviving members: Minzi’s husband Champeswar (72) and grandson Ramaprasad (7).

The dance of death, incidentally, started in the Bariha household, native of Chabiripalli hamlet under Bhanpur gram panchayat in the foothills of the mineral-rich Gandhamardan hill, on September 6. The first to perish was the youngest member of the family, a seven-month-old girl. The next day Sibaprasad (5) died. Two days later the kids’ mother Bimala, too, passed away.

The trio, according to those in the know, had succumbed to malnutrition and diseases from months of hunger. But the administration, for obvious reasons, refuses to admit that starvation had led to the deaths. On October 7, Bimala’s widower Jhintu, too, vomited blood and died.

The family’s finances had deteriorated after the prime breadearner lost a limb in an accident.

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Entry filed under: Balangir, Breakdown in Balangir, Kalahandi Balangir Koraput (KBK) region, Poverty and hunger, Poverty politics, Region watch, Starvation deaths, State Watch-Monitoring the Odisha State.

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