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Maharashtra flood aftermath: Toll 157

Thousands have been hospitalised with symptoms of waterborne diseases.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2005 01:39 AM IST

The death toll due to outbreak of suspected leptospirosis and water-borne diseases after the July 26 deluge in Maharashtra has increased to 157 -- including 89 in Mumbai alone - on Saturday even as the authorities claimed that the "situation is under control."

"Altogether 157 persons have died till this morning due to various rain-related diseases including suspected leptospirosis, fever and malaria all over the state," acting Director General for Health Prakash Doke said.

Thirty-one people died in the state capital during the last 24 hours till 8 am on Saturday taking the death toll in the city to 89, Doke said adding, of the remaining 68 people, most are from Dombivali and Kalyan areas in neighbouring Thane district.

Meanwhile, Additional Municipal Commissioner Manu Srivastav said 1,049 patients were admitted to various government-run hospitals in Mumbai during the last 24 hours till 8 am on Saturday.

However, claiming that the "situation is under control," Srivastav said the surge in hospitalisation cases is due to awareness among people and the showing of symptoms of diseases among those who waded through waters on July 26 and 27.

The total number of people admitted to hospitals in Mumbai since July 27 has gone up to 4,310, Srivastav said.

The municipal corporation has enough hospital beds, medicines and doctors on the field to tackle the situation, he said and added that about 550 beds are available with the ESIS hospitals in the city.

About 11 cases of suspected leptospirosis have been reported by private hospitals, he said adding, more information about those admitted in private hospitals would start trickling in from on Sunday, as the reporting of such cases has been made mandatory.

He claimed that by carrying out an outreach programme for the last 15 days, under which about 1.7 lakh people were given medical aid at their respective localities, the administration was able to save about 98 per cent of them.

Among other measures to check the spread of diseases, the municipal administration destroyed food items including 1,706 kgs of sweets, 6,003 kgs of solid food, 3,884 litres of liquids and about 3,300 kgs of fruits for being unfit for human consumption in the last 15 days and has taken action against 1,729 shops and 3,287 hawkers, he said.

However, the administration has not put any blanket ban on sale of foodstuff by vendors and hawkers but is taking action against those who are selling it in unhygienic conditions, Srivastav added. 

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