‘Huge task ahead to bring normalcy’

Namrata Devikar
Saturday, 25 August 2018

“The flood water was high up to the second floor and now there is mud in the houses. Also, many areas are experiencing a reduction in waterlogging. We are currently trying to rehabilitate the people as all their belongings are destroyed,” said Vijay Raghav.

PUNE: With flooded streets and markets and mud-filled homes, the people of Kerala are trying to cope with the aftermath of floods, said social workers and professionals engaged in relief work in Kerala. The medical professionals and locals, who are now working with the flood relief activities, said Keralites are trying hard to go back to normal life.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Vijay Raghav from Cheliya in Calicut district of Kerala said that the natives have lost their homes as well as other amenities. He added that as the houses are now destroyed or unclean the people have taken refuge in government camps, temples and churches.

“The flood water was high up to the second floor and now there is mud in the houses. Also, many areas are experiencing a reduction in waterlogging. We are currently trying to rehabilitate the people as all their belongings are destroyed,” said Raghav. He also noted that the natives from tribal belt are jobless as the plantation areas are destroyed due to flooding.

“Moreover, the markets are paralysed. Markets are badly hit as all things available are spoiled. The next big issue we are facing is the problem of cleaning as many areas are filled with mud. Cleaning related equipment is less and we need more manpower for the work. Though the government is sending supplies of different types to the people like food and health-related necessities, there is a lot of work to be done,” said Raghav.He is working with Jan Arogya Abhiyan, which will be sending a team of doctors by this month end to help patients in Kerala.

Speaking about the relief work extended by the medical team from Maharashtra, Dr Gajanan Bharti, team leader from Sassoon General Hospital working with flood relief in Ernakulam in Kerala said right now, the patients are having viral and fungal infections.

“As the area is unclean and people are not able to take bath regularly, there are problems of infection. Moreover, there are patients with a sore throat and fever but these are normal conditions. There are chances of having epidemics after floods. In another 10 to 12 days, there is a possibility that such situations may arise as waterlogging will be gone and problems due to unclean surrounding will increase,” said Bharti.

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