Suspected water contamination kills 10 Cambodians; 120 ill

In this May 5, 2018, photo provided by Cambodia National Police, the body of a victim, who died from drinking water, lies on the mat at remote village in Kratie province in northeastern of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A health official says several Cambodian villagers have died and more than a hundred of others are sickened after drinking water suspected to be contaminated with insecticide. (Cambodia National Police via AP)
In this May 5, 2018, photo is provided by Cambodia National Police, patients, who sickened from drinking water, lie on the beds in a hospital at Kratie province in northeastern of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A health official says several Cambodian villagers have died and more than a hundred of others are sickened after drinking water suspected to be contaminated with insecticide. (Cambodia National Police via AP)

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Ten Cambodian villagers have died and 120 others have been sickened after drinking water suspected to be contaminated with insecticide, a health official said Sunday.

The dead and sickened villagers exhibited the same symptoms including breathing problems, dizziness, vomiting and chest pains, said the head of the Kratie Provincial Health Department, Chhneang Sivutha.

He said villagers began getting sick on Thursday. Health authorities have collected water and food samples from the two villages and are awaiting laboratory results.

The deputy provincial police chief, Chhim Sokhim, suspected rainwater from nearby farms that use insecticide had come into contact with a stream where villagers collect water used for drinking and cooking.

Outbreaks of food and water poisoning are not uncommon in Cambodia, where health checks are rare and safety regulations lax.

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