The death toll from an outbreak of cholera in eastern India has jumped by over 50 percent in two days and many more people are being treated for the disease. Though official figure stands at 115 while Action Aid's an Internatonal NGO working in Orissa puts the figures at 250. The disease had mostly spread in tribal-dominated districts of Koraput, Rayagada and Kalahandi. The state government has announced compensation of Rs 10,000 to the families of the dead.
The health control room in Bhubaneswar has been set up to monitor the outbreak of the disease said over 6,000 people were being treated for cholera and dysentery.