Kochi

Restoration in final phase, over 3 lakh return home from camps

Little remains: A man disinfects his collapsed house in Puthenvelikkara near Paravur on Sunday.

Little remains: A man disinfects his collapsed house in Puthenvelikkara near Paravur on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: Thulasi Kakkat

Nearly 56,500 people remain 111 relief camps; Carcass disposal completed in 17 local bodies

With clean-up operations entering the final phase and just two more days left for educational institutions to reopen after Onam holidays, over 3.30 lakh people have returned home from relief camps in Ernakulam.

The district at present has 56,492 people in 111 camps across various taluks, while 46 camps were closed on Sunday alone, with around 18,000 returning home during the day. Of the remaining camps, 82 are in Paravur taluk, while Aluva has 24 camps.

Meanwhile, the disposal of carcasses recovered after the floods has been completed in 15 panchayats and two municipalities of Aluva and Paravur. The carcasses of 940 cows and buffalo and 4,425 pigs, in addition to 16,278 poultry, were buried.

Carcasses are recovered and shifted using a fleet of 10 recovery machines and 20 trucks. Of the 22 panchayats affected by the floods, the authorities have not been able to complete the recovery of carcasses in Alangad and Chittatukara panchayats owing to waterlogging. On the direction of the District Collector, a team headed by Health Officer N. Sreenivasan is coordinating the disposal of carcasses.

Besides, 27 loads of food waste, including 12 loads from Keezhmadu and nine from Maveli Stores, were disposed. Around 200 kg of bleaching powder, 500 kg of limestone powder, and 50 litres of diesel were used for the process.

To prevent the occurrence of leptospirosis, directions have been issued to inmates of relief camps and workers to consume two 100 mg Doxycycline capsules a week. According to the direction, the medication should continue for six weeks. The advice comes in the wake of reports of suspected leptospirosis cases among a few who reportedly violated previous instructions to this effect.

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