1. Chennai floods: As sky clears, fear of disease stalks city

Chennai floods: As sky clears, fear of disease stalks city

Chennai floods: With Chennai weather forecast saying there is a short dry period in effect, the focus of authorities has shifted from floods to providing relief measures and prevention of spread of diseases.

By: | Updated: December 8, 2015 4:16 PM

Chennai floods: With Chennai weather forecast saying there is a short dry period in effect, the focus of authorities has shifted from floods to providing relief measures and prevention of spread of diseases.

As the Chennai floods that inundated several low lying areas recede, the Central and state government agencies have undertaken relief measures on a war footing.

Tamil Nadu government has taken steps to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities.Milk supply, which had remained erratic last week, was almost restored completely.

For supply of vegetables the government has opened shops retailing vegetables at cheaper rates.

As there has been erratic supply of fuel and LPG cylinders in city and its neighbourhood, country’s largest oil marketing company, Indian Oil Corporation was operating its plants in full swing for meeting the demand.

Several NGOs and volunteers of various organisations have also taken relief efforts as the focus is now more on spread of epidemic.

Government doctors were visiting severely affected areas to distribute medicine for the residents to safeguard themselves against diarrhoea and other water-borne infections.

As piles of garbage lie in several low lying areas, authorities and various NGO were engaged in clearing it.

Corporation of Chennai and other civic bodies have deployed scores of workers to clear debris from the affected areas. The state government has brought in workers from other districts for this purpose.

Educational institutions in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallore remained closed for today also.

The transport system was back to normal with public transport buses plying in all places while rail and air services have been restored since yesterday.

Flood-ravaged Chennai and its suburbs braced to meet the mounting challenge of preventing outbreak of diseases as the deluge left heaps of garbage and muck on the streets, while the sun shone bright and normal train and air services resumed today.

Though flood water has receded from arterial roads, most of the low-lying areas continue to be flooded with sewage as drains were chocked with plastic, mattresses and sundry material.

Authorities have scrambled nearly 25,000 sanitary workers to clear the stinking garbage accumulated over the past several days to prevent outbreak of diseases.

The general apprehension of the flood victims is that the continuing slush and muck around their houses and contaminated water supply could lead to an outbreak of epidemic.

Educational institutions in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallore remained closed following weatherman’s forecast yesterday of more rain.

Milk supply was being restored, while Mobile and landline services continued to face glitches with call drops and poor signals.

Mattresses, blankets, sanitary napkins for women and diapers for children were among the relief material being provided to inmates of camps for the flood-hit.

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