Rotten ginger fumes blamed in 5 deaths

Rotten ginger fumes blamed in 5 deaths

Five people harvesting ginger died on Friday when heavy rain caused a rotten patch of the root to emit poisonous carbon monoxide, local authorities said.

A couple in Dafeng village of Qimen county, Anhui province were found unresponsive on Friday morning in a pit used for storing ginger, a spokesman with the county government said.

Three villagers who tried to pull them out fell unconscious and died before others called the police.

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