Rayagada: Five labourers including a woman died due to asphyxiation after they got trapped inside an under construction septic tank at Durgi Paikasahi area under Bissam Cuttack police limits in Rayagada district on Sunday.
The deceased were identified as Rashmita Ulaka, Bairagi Kalka, Surya Narayan Patro, Bansidhar Patro and Purna Takiri.
According to sources, the labourers were working near the septic tank when a woman accidentally fell into the septic tank. In a bid to rescue the woman, five other labourers entered into the tank.
However, they got stuck inside and fell ill due to suffocation. They were rescued in a critical condition and rushed to Christian hospital in Bissam Cuttack.
Five of them died while undergoing treatment and another labourer identified as Kartik Gouda is stated to be critical.
Police have reached the spot and launched an investigation.
On getting information Gunupur sub-collector Amrit Ruturaj reached the hospital and announced to provide Rs 10,000 each to the next of kin of the deceased persons.