Belgaum: As many as 24 persons were taken ill after drinking contaminated water in a village in Savadatti taluk, about 70 km from here, official sources said on Saturday.

The condition of the villagers from Kagdal village, who came down with diarrhoea and vomiting on Friday after drinking the polluted water, is stable, District Health Officer Ashok Murgod said.

The incident occurred due to the negligence of some workers who, after cleaning the overhead tank that supplied water to the village, forgot to close of the valve of the distribution pipe, Zilla Panchayat CEO, Ajay Nagabhushan, said.

"As a result, the water containing chemicals which had to be let out, was released into the distribution pipe instead, leading to villagers drinking contaminated water," he said.

The district administration has assured it would take stringent action against the workers who were responsible for the incident.

(Agencies)