Disease worries rise as flood waters recede in Jammu and Kashmir

Attempting to provide relief to the flood hit in Jammu and particularly Kashmir, 2,24,000 litres of water, 31,500 food packets, 375 tonnes of cooked food, 8,200 blankets and 650 tents may have been distributed but as the waters begin to slowly recede a new worry emerges: the spread of diseases in areas that have been waterlogged for days.

While the spread of diseases spread by mosquitoes isn't really a worry due to the absence of them in the region, the head of health services in the state's health department are worried that the relief camps and lack of clean water are bigger worries instead.

"We are preparing ourselves for diarrhoea and measles which is common when people live in clusters," Dr Salim Rehman was quoted as saying in a Hindustan Times report.

 Disease worries rise as flood waters recede in Jammu and Kashmir

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The Kashmir government had reportedly issued a advisory when rainfall had begun in the state asking citizens to ensure that water used for domestic purposes should be boiled or chlorinated before use. Since then large chunks of the state have been inundated by flood waters that make the availability of potable water that bit more difficult.

The government as part of its relief measures is providing 13 tonnes of water purifying tablets and six water filtration plants with a capacity to filter 1.2 lakh bottles per day.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has admitted that health concerns were a big concern for the state government saying, “Water levels are receding faster than I expected.”

While the state health department has set up camps to treat victims of the floods and army camps have also been set up, another problem facing the health authorities is the lack of communication facilities.

And as this Mumbai Mirror report points out, in some cases the situation is pretty desperate with nursing homes seeking to corner supplies for patients.

"There is nobody. There is no help. Doctors, nurses are helping...everyone is helping. They are cleaning floors. Everybody is being asked to volunteer. But the thing is that we are short of resources. We don't need any financial support. We need antibiotics, dialysis fluid. People are dying for lack of dialysis. This is the only functional dialysis facility in the city," a doctor identified only as Dr Khan was quoted as saying.

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Updated Date: Sep 12, 2014 14:31:31 IST