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India Probes Mysterious Death of 91 Children in Remote Northeast

Authorities in the northeast Indian state of Tripura have begun a probe into the mysterious death of 91 children at a government hospital in the capital, Agartala.

State health officials say the children, most of them infants, died during the past three months at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital.

They say up to 800 children aged 12 years and younger are admitted to the hospital each month, with an average mortality rate of about 15 per month.

Tripura's health director, Satya Ranjan Debbarma, says authorities have ordered a three-member team of doctors to find the reason behind the sharp increase of mortality among children at the hospital.

Health care in Tripura, a poor state bordering Bangladesh, is below modern standards.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.