Karnataka: Lake drained in Morab village after discovery of HIV-infected body

07 December, 2018, 21:59 | Author: Kara Nash
  • After HIV+ Woman Ends Life In Lake, Karnataka Villagers Want It Drained

Following the incident, the villagers pressed the district administration to drain the 36-acre lake. Four days ago we recovered her body.

Residents of a village in India are draining their only source of water after an woman living with HIV drowned herself in it. But the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) spreads only through body fluids and outside the human body, the virus can not survive beyond minutes in air or water.

Afraid they would contract HIV/AIDS if they used its water, villagers at Morab, about 30 km from Hubballi, informed authorities they would not use it till fresh water was filled. It is a key source of drinking water for more than 1,000 people who live in the drought-affected region and earn their livelihoods by farming. Without the lake water to sustain them, the Times of India reported that villagers have resorted to travelling two-three kilometres to the Malaprabha Right Bank Canal for their water needs. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) spreads only through body fluids.

However, Dr Prabhu Biradar, Chief Medical Officer, Hubli-Dharwad City Municipal Corporation told ANI, "After the patient with suspected HIV committed suicide, people of the village have demanded to remove water from the lake".


Locals used to draw water from the lake. Authorities tried to convince the villagers that the water was not contaminated and that they would test the water, but no one relented. "There will be no water crisis till then", the PDO said. The water emptied from the lake is being fed to farm land nearby.

Gram panchayat member Laxman Patil said the villagers refused to see reason, so pipes have been sucking water out for the past four days.

Navalgund tahsildar Naveen Hullur said "I will talk to officials to allow us to fill the lake from Malaprabha canal till December 20 or 22". "We may need another 5 days to empty the lake, and it may take another 15 days to fill it back".

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