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A Karnataka lake drained as locals feared HIV seepage from dead woman

case is that body of a HIV positive woman was discovered from the pond after which the villagers refused to consume from the pond

In a shocking development, a 23-acre lake in a Karnataka village was drained out as the locals refused to drink out of it.

The case is that body of a HIV positive woman was discovered from the pond after which the villagers refused to consume from the pond.

The woman was described as in her late twenties was found dead in a lake in the village of Morab in Hubballi district on November 29.

As her body was bloated and half-eaten by fish, the locals were apprehensive and took the decision not to consume water from this pond.

They were apprehensive that the HIV might have seeped into the water body.

Authorities first told villagers that they would test the water, but no one relented.

Left with no other option, officials then deployed 20 siphon tubes with four motors to pump out the water.

Water from the sprawling lake was pumped out on Wednesday evening, after which it will be cleaned and then filled with water from Malaprabha canal.

The lake is a key source of drinking water for more than 1,000 people who live in the area.

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