Kerala floods: Several private hospitals shut, red alert in 14 districts

As the government is setting up health care camps, private hospitals in flood affected areas are closed due to severe inundation  


Government has asked all the medical officers in each government hospitals in flood affected districts to provide medical services to people considering the special situation arising out of the flood.

The entire state of Kerala is on red alert with more rains expected. Defence forces and disaster response teams already in the state for the past few days are busy putting up makeshift bridges and clearing roads. Cochin Airport will remain shut till August 26.

A red alert was sounded in all 14 Kerala districts. All three wings of the armed forces have been pressed into action for a massive rescue operation.

Meanwhile, rains lashing several parts of the state since this morning is causing concern as it could hamper the rescue and relief operations.

Hushain Thangal, General Secretary of Kerala Private Hospital association, said, “Private hospitals in flood affected areas are closed. We have set up different health camps. Private doctors are also working against all odds and delivering health care to people. There are many who are strangulated in their houses. Medical aid has still not reached them. Also, we have shifted patients from those private hospitals which are closed.”

Transportation has been affected and so are the health care services. If it does not improve it is being feared that oxygen supply might get exhausted.

Kerala’s government has described the crisis, one of the worst in decades, as “extremely grave” and rescue operations are underway to help thousands who remain trapped by floodwaters.

News reports point out that most of the wells in the water lodged areas are contaminated. Many people are not getting access to safe drinking water.

Over 82,000 people in Kerala have been displaced due to the floods that have ravaged the State over the last nine days. As of Friday night, 164 were killed between August 8 and 17, and more than 3,14,000 people have been shifted to 2,094 relief camps.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted heavy rain and gusty winds in various parts of the state. Winds packing speed up to 60 kmph are likely in Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts.