While, situation is ripe for an epidemic, health experts sound warning. If the skies hold, and further flooding does not occur, then it may be safely assumed that the city has reached the ‘post-impact’ phase of the disaster. In a flood scenario like this, a key characteristic of this phase is the looming spectre of epidemics and the larger question of sustaining relief and rehabilitation work.
Piles of garbage is the main concern now. garbage swept up by the flood waters, sewage has entered the homes and where the flood waters have not yet receded, there is an unbearable stench. In some areas, people have spotted carcasses floating by, and rodents and snakes run riot in abandoned homes. The situation is ripe for an epidemic, if the State is not prepared, public health experts have warned.