Citizens for protecting people from diseases in flood areas

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Citizens asked the quarters concerned to implement the flood preparedness plan to protect the people from carrying various diseases living in high-risk flood areas.
According to them, it should be the first priority to establish health facilities in the flood-hit areas to provide first aid and treat emergency cases.
They said every step should be taken to avoid outbreak of any disease in the vulnerable population.
Meanwhile, Met Office has predicted that during July to September, some heavy downpour events may produce urban flooding in big cities while there is a high probability of heavy downpour which may generate flash flooding along Suleman range. It said some extreme rainfall events are likely to occur in the catchment areas of major rivers and other parts of the country which may cause floods.
It said some strong incursions of monsoon currents, coupled with high temperature, may trigger glacial lake outburst floods, landslides and flash floods in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan.
Medical expert Dr Wasim Khawaja from Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) said communicable diseases are easily transmitted in high-risk areas by use of unsafe water for drinking and deteriorated health conditions of the affected population.
He said if proper interventions are not made on time, the communicable disease may increase rapidly and have a devastating impact on the already-affected community hit by floods.

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