- Over 82,000 people in Kerala have been displaced due to the floods that have ravaged the state over the last nine days.
- More than 324 people have been killed between and, more than 3,14,000 people have been shifted to 2,094 relief camps.
- The medical team is equipped with first-aid kits and necessary medicines.
The state government of Maharashtra has promptly responded to the humanitarian crisis in Kerala brought on by torrential rains, which has caused one of the worst natural calamities in 94 years. The last major flood in Kerala was in 1924.
The doctors have also taken food products, such as chocolate bars and protein bars. Blankets will be also provided to the people. Maharashtra Medical Education Minister, Girish Mahajan is accompanying the team in their relief efforts.
Health check-up and treatment of flood victims will be done by this team of doctors. The team consists of physicians, paediatricians, gynaecologists and other medical workers.
Defence forces and disaster response teams already in the state for the past few days are busy putting up makeshift bridges and clearing roads.
Dr Abraham Kalamannal, Chairman, Mount Zion Medical College, said, “We have seen this for the first time. We have never witnessed this kind of natural disaster. We have 32 dams and we had to open all of them. Kerala has been set back by at least 15 years. I don’t know when we will recover from this. “
The 73-year-old doctor, added, “If the people, who are stranded outside, can get back into the houses; it would be of great help.”
Floodwater has started receding in some areas of Kerala. However, the bigger concern now is lack of clean drinking water and diseases.