While the flood water in Srinagar is receding at a slow pace, the good news is that even after 16 days, there is no trend of outbreak of any disease in the Valley.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, chief minister Omar Abdullah said that the state is likely to vaccinate children of the 0-15 age group, mostly in the inundated areas.
``We have got over 4 lakh measles vaccines and the drive has picked up pace," he said.
The government has started vaccination for measles, hepatitis A and B.
Abdullah said that the government is trying to ensure that water supply resumes even in the affected areas. ``We are treating water at our own end, besides supplying chlorine tablets to the affected areas. We have also installed a reverse osmosis water cleaning system which has capacity of cleaning about 4,000 litres per day,'' Abdullah said.
Experts, however, have advised that children should be vaccinated for the above diseases, besides cholera and typhoid.
Meanwhile, the low-lying areas like Raghbagh, Kursu, Bemina, Qamarwari, Allochi Bagh are still under water. This is in spite of the fact that 200 pumps are operational and the pumping out of water is going on 24 hours a day. ``We are leaving no stone unturned but we have limitations. For example the areas like Ragbagh and Kursu Raghbagh is 25 sq kilometres and there is about 4 feet of water there. That's why it's taking time,'' said Shaliender Kumar, flood relief commissioner.
Kumar says the city is likely to be free of water by Sunday. ``We are hopeful that it will be a different picture on Sunday,'' he added.
Kumar also said that vaccination has picked up pace and there are no reports of the outbreak of disease in the city. ``Wherever there are rumours
of outbreak we have sent our experts who have ruled out the reports,'' he added.
Kumar said the government is targeting around 50,000 children for vaccination each day.