In a span of only 72 hours between this Thursday and Saturday, six people from indigenous communities in remote Kurukpata area of Alikadom upazila died of diarrhoea and at least 200 others were infected with the disease in the same areas.
The deceased were identified as Mandom Mro, 50, Rengsang Mro, 43, Ramdon Mro, 40, Kaiyan Mro, 36, Tumlot Mro, 35, and Janorung Tripura, 35, said Kratpung Mro, chairman of Kurukpata union in the upazila.
"The six people were from remote Manrum Para, Menu Para and Sonabi Para in Kurukpata union. They all died of diarrhoea between Thursday and Saturday," Chairman Kratpung said, confirming that at least 200 people in the union have been infected with diarrhoea over the last few days.
Aung Swi Prue Marma, civil surgeon in Bandarban, said, "We already sent a medical team to the diarrhoea- affected area."
"As of now, we are not sure how many people died of the disease in remote Alikadom. We will be able to ascertain the exact death toll and assess the situation after our team returns from the affected area," the civil surgeon added.