Sufferers visiting the Cachar Most cancers Hospital Society nowadays get their check-ups executed beneath the darkish gloomy skies beneath roadside bushes within the Meherpur space of Silchar, the second-largest city hub of Assam. With the highway and a lot of the departments of the most cancers hospital beneath water for greater than every week, the OPD and minor therapies are being supplied beneath the bushes.

“This flood is completely devastating. It’s past the attain and capability of everybody. We’re doing the OPD, minor therapies, and extraction of blood right here within the out. For the remainder who can’t be handled right here, we take them throughout to the hospital. Water has been receding since Tuesday. The Nuclear Medication division was stuffed with flood water until the waist,” stated Dr. Ravi Kannan, Padma Shri awardee and the Director of the Cachar Most cancers Hospital Society.

For the three lakh odd residents of this south Assam metropolis, there was no respite from the week-long flood because the Barak River continues to circulation above the pink mark. The 40-member SDRF crew reached Silchar this morning so as to add to the prevailing power of NDRF, SDRF and the Military engaged within the rescue and aid work carried out on a conflict footing. Ingesting water continues to be the primary concern as folks have been ravenous for a drop of consuming water for days. Mizoram-based Youth Affiliation has despatched 15,000 litres of packaged consuming water to flood-ravaged Silchar.

Packets with meals, consuming water bottles and different necessities have been air dropped by Indian Air Drive (IAF) helicopters. Unmanned Aerial Automobiles (UAVs) are additionally engaged in getting ready a flood map of Silchar city in order to determine the extent of harm and assist in taking measures to mitigate losses, stated Keerthi Jalli, the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar.

Although the water stage continues to recede in south Assam metropolis at a sluggish tempo, folks proceed to wade via waist-deep water in nearly all residential areas of the town.

“The District Catastrophe Administration Authority (DDMA), UNICEF and OXFAM have arrange boat-mounted water remedy items to cater to the needy inside Silchar and its peripheral areas,” Jalli added.

“At first when the flood water was livid we’ve created a raft. We took 4 lorry tubes and put plywood throughout them and tied it up. We’re ferrying sufferers up and down throughout that in entrance of the hospital,” stated Dr Kannan.

The state authorities, in the meantime, has supplied rafts to hold sufferers and other people to the hospital who want superior remedy and can’t be attended to within the OPD beneath the bushes.

When the town skilled the devastating floods, Dr Kannan and his crew sailed their rafts to the sufferers’ houses to ship remedy and in addition to deliver them to the hospital, at any value.

Dr Kannan moved from Chennai to Assam in 2007 to arrange a hospital. He slowly constructed the hospital, including extra beds and hiring extra nurses, beginning house visits, using those that got here with sufferers as attendants, and responding to different native issues as they got here up.

The Assam floods thus far affected 32 districts, impacting 54 lakh lives. Although water has proven indicators of receding, 22 lakh persons are nonetheless affected. Over 100 folks have misplaced their lives within the pure catastrophe.

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