Bhubaneshwar: Five people including a woman died of asphyxiation inside a septic tank in Rayagada district of Odisha, police said. The incident occurred at Paika Sahi of Durgi village on Sunday. Also Read - Bihar: Four Labourers Die of Suffocation While Cleaning Septic Tank in Supaul

According to police, a woman worker accidentally fell inside a septic tank. Five people went inside the septic tank to rescue the woman. The woman fell unconscious inside the tank. Even the men who went inside to rescue the woman fell unconscious. The villagers immediately dragged all the five out of the tank and rushed them to the nearby hospital.

The woman worker and the four people who tried saving her were declared dead while the one health condition of another labourer is in a critical state.

In a similar incident in August this year, six persons who entered a septic tank in East Champaran district died after inhaling poisonous gases. The incident occurred at Dinesh Mahto’s house, stated Deputy Superintendent of Police Alok Kumar Singh.