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India: 17 malnutrition deaths in two months in Maharashtra's Palghar district

Local leaders demanded the government take quick steps to remedy the situation or the villagers would take the body of the next victim to the local government office for cremation. (Representative image.) Photograph: (AFP)

WION Palghar, Maharashtra, India Sep 11, 2016, 10.20 AM (IST)
The death toll due to malnutrition in the Palghar district of India’s Maharashtra state has gone up to 17, with the death of a two-year-old boy on September 9.

The boy, Ishwar Sawra, belonged to the tribal-dominated Mokhada region, where malnutrition has claimed a number of young lives in the past two months.

Local leaders demanded the government take quick steps to remedy the situation or the villagers would take the body of the next victim to the local government office for cremation.

A former member of the state assembly said the government should not have stopped the Village Child Development Programme, which was meant to tackle malnutrition.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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