Fear of disease in India’s flood-hit Kerala
Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala, India
Eastern Eye Staff
INDIAN health authorities prepared defences against the spread of disease in flood-hit Kerala state on Monday (20) as water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace after the worst floods in a century killed more than 200 people. Incessant rain since early August in the southern state has swelled rivers and triggered landslides. Dozens of people are missing and nearly a million are sheltering in thousands of relief camps, state officials said. “The biggest challenges immediately ahead are cleaning of the flood-hit houses, rehabilitation, and prevention of water-borne diseases,” said Mahesh P., a village-level officer from Rayamangalam, some 45 km…
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