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July 18, 2019

Toxic sewer fumes kill 7 people in India

June 16, 2019
Seven people in India have died after entering a toxic septic tank, claim officials. (Getty Images/iStock)

A disgusting, toxic hotel sewer in India has caused the deaths of seven people in India.

Police claim four sanitation workers and three employees of the Darshsan Hotel fell unconscious before dying Friday night after inhaling toxic fumes, reported the BBC.

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The hotel owner has been charged with the deaths of all seven victims.

The tragedy unfolded, according to police, when one sanitary worker entered the septic tank. Three colleagues followed after him after he didn’t respond to their calls. Despite none of the four workers exiting the tank, the hotel owner allegedly ordered three of his employees to assist.

They too fell unconscious before dying, according to the BBC.

Officials needed three hours to pull the seven corpses out of the tank.

“All seven were dead as the pressure of gas was high in the tank, but we could bring their bodies out,” said fire officer Nikunj Azad.

Authorities have pledged financial assistance to the victims’ next of kin.

One Indian advocacy group attempting to end manual sanitation asserts that approximately 1,800 sewer cleaners have lethally suffocated during the past decade.

The three hotel employees: Sahdev Vasava, Vijay Chauhan and Ajay Vasava, were all under 25, reported NDTV.

“We are investigating what was the exact gas they inhaled and what exactly happened,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police Kalpesh Solanki.

Experts claim sanitation workers are usually generational, stuck performing the thankless job because of caste-based barriers.

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