29 September, 2020

Striptease Of Death

The road to recovery in flood-hit Orissa will be long and tough

Striptease Of Death
In Orissa, antediluvian is a paradoxical term, for it describes the post-flood situation—primeval darkness engulfing the last rays of a civilised world. And after the flood comes the slow death. Orissa's worst flood since Independence has subsided but it leaves behind a trail of death, destruction and excruciating suffering, very difficult to put in words. At last count, no less than 30,827 people were suffering from diarrhoea, jaundice, malaria and gastroenteritis. Reports of death due to the rapid spread of these diseases, almost like a killer outbreak, have also begun trickling in gradually—31 people have already succumbed to diarrhoea and 10 to malaria.

While Jajpur district is the worst affected, Balasore, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur are also badly hit. Though as many as 222 medical teams have been deployed in the affected districts, they are helpless given the scale of the tragedy, which has once again threatened to wipe out the last traces of civilisation, held together by a tenuous thread, in this state where natural calamities have become as natural as change of...


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