Jammu and Kashmir Flood: Over 1 Lakh Rescued

In the midst of growing fear of water-borne disease outbreak, the rescue team have scaled up relief and rescue operations and have rescued about 1,10,000 people so far.
While water recedes in most flood-hit areas, the fear of outbreak of water-borne disease is what bothers people. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that the likely spread of diseases is the main source of worry for him after the water recedes.
About 13 tonnes of water purifying tablets and six water filtration plants with a capacity to filter 1.2 lakh bottles per day have been transported to Srinagar. The health department has been asked to supply chlorinated water in tankers at all relief camps since clean drinking water is essential to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases. Medical centres have set up to treat patients symptomatically by the health department.
Director at Health Services of the State’s Health Department Dr Salim Rehman said, “We are preparing ourselves for diarrhoea and measles which is common when people live in clusters.” He said that he and his colleagues were not apprehensive of the possible outbreak of dengue and malaria as mosquitoes do not survive in the weather conditions of the Kashmir Valley.
After visiting the flood-ravaged state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday ponted out the need for a massive effort to ensure basic hygiene and sanitation in the water-logged areas of Srinagar where over four lakh people are still estimated to be marooned.
8000 stranded civilians and tourists are rescued by army in Ramban and Banihal. There are two temporary relief camps established here in Ramban and Banihal. Except educational institutions those serve as relief camps for flood-hit people, all other institutions will reopen on friday in Jammu.
The death toll in the flood has crossed over 215 till now. Telecommunication companies work to restore networks across the state. The armed forces personnel still distribute water bottles and food packets on a large scale. According to an official statement, 2,24,000 litres of water, 31,500 food packets and over 375 tonnes cooked food have already been airdropped and distributed in the flood-affected areas so far.
[category- Nation] [Tag- Jammu and Kashmir flood, Water-borne diseases, death toll,  Narendra Modi, Rescue operations, Health department]

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