Bhubaneswar: At least 1,716 people have succumbed to snake bites in the last three years in Odisha, as per latest Government data.
Out of 4,689 deaths in different disasters in the last three years, snake bite toll is 1716, which is 37 per cent of total disaster deaths in the state.
Around 97 per cent of snake bite victims are from rural areas and are mostly farmers.
The Government data showed all 1,716 snake bite deaths are reported from 282 blocks of 30 districts across the State.
Balasore district reported the highest number of snake bite deaths 164.
As many as 147 victims are from Ganjam district, 145 from Keonjhar, 145 from Mayurbhanj and 114 from Bhadrak.
Most snake bite cases (1464 out of total 1716) occurred between May to October.
In May, number of snake bite cases was 156, in June 281, in July 314, in August 306, in September 253 and in October 154.
The state government has declared snake bite as a State Specific Disaster (SSD) and next kin of the victim is entitled for a compensation of Rs 4 lakh. Anti-venom has been kept adequately and is available in all government hospitals across the state.