Seven people, including four sanitation workers, died of suffocation while cleaning a hotel sewer in Gujarat, news agency PTI reported. The incident took place at a hotel in Fartikui village in Dabhoi tehsil, about 30 km from Vadodara city.
Three employees of the hotel were also among those killed.
“When one sanitation worker failed to come out of the manhole, others went inside. All of them died due to asphyxiation,” district collector Kiran Zaveri told PTI.
One sanitation worker die every third day in India, according to a report released by an NGO in September last year.
The data by NGO Safai Karmachari Andolan suggests that 221 sanitation workers have died since January 2017.
The Safai Karmachari Andolan claims that the all-India death toll of 666 quoted by the National Commission for Sanitation Workers is misleading.
As per the NGO estimates, a total of 1,760 sanitation workers have died since 1993. This data is based on information collected by the NGO from only 16 states and Union Territories (UTs).