India

22 Children Dead After Eating School Lunch in India

Dozens in hospital

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At least 22 children are dead and dozens remain in hospital after eating a free lunch served at their school in eastern India on Tuesday.

The children, all under the age of 12, had been served a meal of rice and lentils cooked at their school in Masrakh village in Bihar state, according to the BBC.

Bihar state's Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered an immediate investigationinto the deaths and has sent a team of forensic experts to the school. Local TV stations have run images of sick children lying on wooden tables in a state-run hospital.