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Dos and don’ts after flood

Bhubaneswar, July 22: The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) of the Odisha Government on Saturday released a list of dos and don'ts for the general public after flash floods wreaked havoc in some parts of the State, including Rayagada and Kalahandi districts.

In a release, the SRC recommended the following safety measures.

1.      There are certain things that one has to be careful about during flood. Here is a list of dos and don’ts that had to be followed to avoid trouble and health issues:

2.      There is a possibility of spread of water borne diseases after flood, and hence medical treatment should be taken immediately.

3.      Do not enter deep, unknown waters. Do not go near the riverbank even after the floodwater has receded.

4.      Sprinkle medicines in the stagnant dirty water.

5.      Inspect your house for any cracks or other damage.

6.      Check all the walls, floor, ceiling, doors and windows, so that any chance of house falling down can be known and you can be aware about the immediate danger.

7.      If the floodwater has entered the house or has surrounded the house, then it is advisable not to enter such house.

8.      Beware of the various insects or poisonous snakes that may have been dragged inside the house along with the floodwater.

9.      Keep listening to weather forecast on radio and television. Move to your residence only when instructed by the competent authority.

10.  Destroy the food items that have been affected by floodwater. Eat safe food.

11.  Check properly all the electric circuits, floor level furnace, boilers, gas cylinders, or electric equipments like motor pump, etc.

12.  Check whether any inflammable or explosive item has not entered along with the floodwater.

13.  Switch off the main electric supply, if any damage is noticed to the electric equipments.

14.  If you find any breakage in the drainage system stop using latrines and do not use tap water.

15.  Do not use polluted water. Sewerage system should be checked and any damage should be repaired immediately so as to curtail spread of diseases.

16.  Empty the water clogged in the basement slowly with help of water pump so that damage to infrastructure can be minimised.

17.  Boil drinking water before usage and drink chlorinated water.


18.  Do not try to leave the safe shelter to go back home until the local officials declare normalcy after flood and give instruction to return home.

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