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
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
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
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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