While flood water is yet to recede from many villages in Muktsar,Fazilka,Faridkot and Ferozepur,the authorities are facing a new problem — in the form of fever,skin and stomach infections.
Viral and skin infections are being reported in large numbers,according to the medical teams that visited the flood-affected villages in these districts.
Flood water is yet to recede from the populated areas of Haraj and Udaykaran villages in Muktsar,while it is still standing in the fields in most of the villages of this district. The condition is similar in Faridkot district in the villages of Khara,Chak Kalyan and adjoining areas.
While some of the affected villagers are in relief camps,majority are still staying in their houses and commuting through waterlogged areas,due to which infections and other diseases are being reported in large numbers.
The doctors have so far examined around 38,000 patients in Muktsar alone,of which nearly 6,200 are suffering from fever and 13,000 from skin infections.
According to the district administration,173 teams of doctors are already in different villages of Muktsar. Tomorrow 20 more teams will be going,and private doctors from Indian Medical Association will provide voluntary services,said Muktsar DC Paramjit Singh.
Standing water was seen in Roohrianwali,Mahabadhan,Bam,Mida,Karampati and Malaut villages. Special Chief Secretary to CM KJS Cheema,who also visited the affected areas,maintained that relief material was being provided to villagers at their doorsteps.
In Faridkot’s Chak Kalyan and Khara villages,Congress leader Khushaldeep Singh Dhillon complained that authorities failed to provide help in time and hence,he along with other volunteers contributed money to provide relief material.
Cheema’s visit to Muktsar came a day ahead of the visit of PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa,who will be visiting the flood-affected districts.
water scarcity in Abohar
While flood is a bane in many districts,Abohar is suffering from water scarcity. Abul Khurana and Panjava canals are only carrying flood water,which is being pumped out from fields of Muktsar. This dirty water cannot be used by the water works department for drinking purposes,due to which residents are using ground water,which is also unfit for drinking. The water shortage in many villages is because canals are flowing below capacity,said CLP leader and Abohar MLA Sunil Jakhar,who had staged a dharna in Abohar last week.