Twin village

Doctors are trying to unravel the mystery of a remote Indian village that boasts more than 220 sets of twins born to just 2,000 families.

The phenomenon that has seen almost six times as many twins born than the global average in the tropical village of Kodinhi, in Kerala, has left medical professionals bewildered.

In 2008, 15 pairs of twins were born in the village out of 300 healthy deliveries and this year is expected to top that number.

Local doctor and twin enthusiast Dr Krishnan Sribiju said: “The number of twins per thousand here is around 45 per 1,000 births.”