PALAWAN, Philippines – Dirty water has been blamed for deaths of 20 people in Bataraza town in Palawan province.
A Department of Health (DOH) study showed that the water used by villagers in Sitio Linao, Barangay Colandanum, tested positive for E. coli bacteria.
DOH tests also identified cholera as the illness of 3 Palao-an natives who were suffering from diarrhea like the other victims.
Dr. Eduardo Cruz, provincial health officer of Palawan, said more than 300 people have fallen ill in the community.
The DOH has distributed water containers and water purifier solutions while ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya has given water purifying tablets to villagers . – Report from Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News