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Vikash Sharma

Rayagada: At least five persons died due to asphyxiation inside an under construction septic tank at Paika Sahi under Bissamcuttack police limits in the district.

All the five victims got into the septic tank to rescue a woman worker who had fallen inside it. However, they fell unconscious inside the tank during the rescue attempt.

Following the incident, locals had recused all the six labourers and shifted them to Christian hospital in a critical condition.

“The construction work for the septic tank was on when a woman worker got trapped. Later, other workers entered the trench and fell unconscious due to suffocation,” said Inspector-in-charge of Bissamcuttack, Chaturbhuja Nayak.

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