No flood-borne disease reported: J-K govt

  • PTI, Srinagar
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2014 16:41 IST

Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said there were no reports of outbreak of any flood-related diseases in any part of the state.

"There is no report of any disease outbreak from anywhere in the state so far, " state chief secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khandey told reporters here.

Khandey said the health department has so far immunised seven lakh children for various flood-related diseases in the affected areas of the Kashmir valley.

The state government had set a target of immunising nearly 13 lakh children in the state. The chief secretary said the cleaning and sanitation operations were going on in full swing in all flood affected areas.

"The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), which in normal course would remove 300 tonnes of waste material from the city, is now clearing around 1500 tonnes of garbage every day," he said.

Khandey said the SMC has removed more than 1500 animal carcasses from the flood-hit areas of Kashmir over the past two weeks.

"All the carcasses were disposed off and operations are on to remove the remaining carcasses," he added.

Giving further details, SMC Commissioner G N Qasba said the corporation has removed more than 18000 tonnes of garbage from various parts of the city.

"More than 400 truck-loads of waste material are being disposed off at the dumping site in Achan in Eidgah area," he added.

Qasba said all the employees of the corporation have been immunised to protect them from catching any flood-related disease.

"We are recovering 15 to 20 carcasses per day. There is no human contact involved in the process as we are using robotic JCBs for this purpose," he added.

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