Holi celebrations send 200 people to hospital for color poisoning


After celebrations broke out today for the Hindu “Festival of Colours” or Holi, at least 200 people have been reportedly sent to the hospital for color poisoning. Holi is a spiritual festival mainly celebrated by Hindus throughout countries like India, Pakistan and Nepal.

#Holi celebrations in Mumbai turned dark as 200 people were poisoned by the traditional colored powder: http://t.co/KTZANRz6

— GlobalPost (@GlobalPost) March 9, 2012

The Global Post reports:

Over 195 revelers were admitted to Sion Hospital and another 12 to Rajawadi Hospital after they complained of giddiness, a burning sensation on their skin, nausea and vomiting caused by contact with the colored powder, the Times of India reported.

Some cases were serious on admission but are now stable after treatment, a hospital source told the Hindustan Times.

The police suspect the toxic substance may have come from a Dharavi dumping ground, where the area’s leather tanners throw harmful run-off chemicals and water, the Times of India reported.

The state has set up an inquiry into the incidents.

Here are a few photos of celebrations throughout the East:


#Holi in het Wijkpark Transvaal in Den Haag http://t.co/UZJonj4C

— willem minderhout (@de_willem) March 8, 2012

Our @gAdventures group has survived #Holi – barely 🙂 #FCIndia @FlightCentre_UK #travel http://t.co/834WSLdU

— Jenna Harrison (@jenna_harrison) March 8, 2012

Mad #Holi @ Manori island Mumbai.. With dearlies @suryaswims @kenferns @dew_21 @sayansurroy Sahil 🙂 http://t.co/G09URYCs


They confound us but we cant live without the drama either! Happy #Women's Day! Happy #Holi too! 😀 http://t.co/qVrV2gAx

— Kubay Restaurant (@kubayrestaurant) March 8, 2012

Happy #Holi! Happy International Women's day! http://t.co/glsdEUkL

— Curry Nation (@currynationblor) March 8, 2012

A HOLI walk. #holi http://t.co/r5zsebia

— Mayur Srivatsav (@mayursrivatsav) March 8, 2012

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