79 estate workers hospitalised after drinking tea
June 10, 2015 02:08 pm
At least 79 estate workers have been hospitalized after consuming tea, suspected to have been accidentally mixed with agrochemicals, in the Piranmalai area in Haputale.
Police said that the incident was reported at around 10.00am this morning and that the tea had reportedly been prepared after heating water flowing down from the hills.
Police believe that the water may have mixed with certain harmful agrochemical sprayed to cultivations.
The estate workers had experienced symptoms such as giddiness and 50 of them were admitted to the Diyatalawa Hospital while the rest were admitted to the Haputale Hospital.