88 students sick after eating food on I-Day in Odisha

Sambalpur/Bhadrak: At least 88 students of Sambalpur and Bhadrak districts have been taken ill after allegedly consuming food served at schools during the Independence Day celebration on Monday.

Around 70 children fell sick allegedly after consuming sweet ‘bundi’ during the Independence Day celebration in Lipinda Panchayat in Sambalpur district. The affected students were admitted to the Sadar hospital for treatment. The students complained of nausea, vomiting and dysentry soon after eating the sweet. Sources said the Lipinda Panchayat office had distributed bundi in various schools. However, health condition of most of the children are stated to be stable.

In a similar incident, at least 18 students of the Tumbapadi Nodal ME School Tumbapadi village under Kaipur Panchayat in Bhadrak district fell ill after eating food served at the school on the Independence Day. They have been admitted to the Bhadrak hospital.

The students were served Puri and Ghughuni. It is alleged that the students fell ill after eating stale food prepared at the school the previous night.