The South Indian state of Kerala, popularly known as the God’s own country has been witnessing widespread floods. With over 300 deaths, one of India’s favorite tourist destination has been reeling under torrential rains. Official news sources has cited that more than 20,000 houses and 6,000 miles of roads have been destroyed with over thousands rendered homeless.
Epic floods like these can cause serious water-borne health concerns due to contaminated waterand mosquitoes. People impacted by floods and who are returning home from refugee camps are strictly advised to take precautions since the chances of disease outbreaks such as diarrhoea, rat fever and jaundice are very high.
It is highly recommended to follow these practices to maintain safety and hygiene:
What you should do:
What you should not do:
Important note on water safety: For cleaning the underground or overhead water tank, empty the tank and use bleaching powder to thoroughly clean the tank. Use 2 tablespoons of bleaching powder for every 1000 liters of water. You can get the powder from local relief personnel or public health officials.
Food safety tips:
A UL study states that in case of any loss of electricity, an unopened refrigerator can keep food safe for about four hours. In case of any foul smell, discard the food.
For meat based foods, milk or any leftovers, use a clean sanitized food thermometer. Foods which have sustained a temperature of more than 40oF for more than two hours should be discarded. Never cook or reheat such food. You can also use this guide from U.S. Health Department to estimate the level of food safety.
Electrical safety tips:
UL recommends to practice utmost caution since the dangers of hidden electrical dangers are hidden and can cause sudden damage.