Rotting bodies raise fear about epidemic outbreak
Gauchar (Uttarakhand), June 26: Multiple agencies undertaking relief and resc hollister clothing ue operations are increasingly getting worried about the imminent spread of diseases and the rotting of bodies in the temple town area as the tragedy is ten days old now.
Truck loads of dry Deodar wood and ghee have been despatched to Kedarnath and efforts were underway to conduct mass ritual cremation of bodies strewn over the premises after their identification, post mortem and DNA preservation formalities, a senior police official told PTI.
“We have reports that many stranded people are suffering from diarrhoea and other ailments and have decided to cremate the corpses near the Kedarnath shrine,” he said.
The Union health ministry has deputed a high level team which will review the public health measures in the state on Tuesday.
The ministry said it was monitoring the situation and has initiated a few steps for relief operations that include posting of three central public health teams in the state.
“Eight additional teams are also kept on standby, ready to move at short notice,” a Health Ministry statement said.
It added that district units of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), NRHM is conducting health surveillance in all affected districts of the flood hit state.
“After picking up early warning signal hollister clothing s, diarrhoea cases in Haridwar (Alwalpur), Uttarkashi (Udvi) and Rudraprayag (Chandrapuri) have been managed at incipient stage. No outbreak of water borne/food borne/air borne or direct contact diseases has been reported from affected areas,” it said.
Besides, a specialist from National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme has been placed with the state government for providing assistance on matters pertaining to vector borne diseases and three teams have been arranged from NIMHANS, Bangalore for providing psycho social support.
Two specialists each in cardiology, psychiatry and internal medicine have been placed with the state government.
The ministry said the state government has requested to supply specified quantity of 60 drug and non drug items and three truckloads of such medical supplies have been delivered as an interim measure.
“On the state’s request, 10 lakh chlorine tablets are being procured by MOHFW,” the ministry said.
The Indian Red Cross Society has provided 7 truckloads of relief material that includes tents, family packs, kitchen sets, blankets, lanterns.
The ministry said 1,100 bag hollister clothing s for carrying bodies have been arranged through it and additional 500 bags procured by the ministry have also been sent.
The Red Cross has deployed teams from Delhi to Uttarkashi and Pittoragarh while another high level team from the headquarters has also visited the state for assessment and coordinating relief work with state Red Cross unit.
Mass cremation delayed
Mass cremation of bodies of hundreds of people killed in floods and landslides in Uttarakhand was delayed on Tuesday, as heavy rains hampered rescue operations for the second day.
The death toll rose to 822 with 142 bodies being found, including 127 in Kedarnath, the epicentre of destruction, officials said.
With rescue operations being disrupted by cloudbursts coupled with torrential rains, IAF flew lesser sorties on Tuesday and evacuated about 500 people including 120 from Badrinath. The 500 people earlier rescued from the Himalayan shrine were safely brought from the upper reaches to Joshemath by road, a distance of 44 km.
The IAF, Army and Uttarakhand administration launched a massive operation to send logistics like firewood and fuel for conducting last rites of those killed in the worst hit Kedarnath Valley.
With rain hampering rescue operations from Badrinath where the majority of pilgrims remain stranded, chief minister Vijay Bahuguna appealed to their relatives not to run out o hollister clothing f patience, saying they are safe with enough supplies of food and and medicines made available to them.
In Patna, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that he had asked the Uttarakhand government not to allow any VIP to land in the flood ravaged areas to avoid any disturbance to relief work.
Foggy and overcast conditions in Dehradun had delayed take off by choppers at Sahasradhara helipad and Jolly Grant Airport but air rescue operations resumed with improvement in the weather.
The IAF also landed its first big helicopter in the difficult Kedarnath area and dropped material needed for the mass funeral.