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Flood in Allahabad raises health concern
Ganga and Yamuna seem to be on warpath, as if determined to score a hat-trick by rising for the third time to flood Allahabad again. Flood waters as a result of the previous onslaughts have not yet receded in some localities. And now again the rivers are on rise and are in a menacing mood.

The city's health system has gone haywire. Water pollution is playing havoc with those living in the marooned areas. Floods have also derailed the Sewer Treatment Plants (STPs). The one in Rajapur lies submerged. This happened because the fixing of 17 layers of bandh, was not done by the contractor and only six such protective barriers were constructed.

The contractor might be punished for this lapse. But what were the supervisors doing? Didn't they pull him- up for leaving the work half done? Likewise the sewer treatment plant in Salon has been damaged by the force of the flood waters. The plan was to fence the Salon plant with boulders in iron net. But this was not done. Why? Because the Irrigation Department delayed taking any action on the proposal to this effect which was sent to them!

What were the Irrigation officials doing? Busy flattering their superiors or chasing their political patrons for favours! The condition of the Naini STP, also non-functional, is no better. Negligence should not be condoned. But right now the people living in hellish conditions have to be helped, especially against water-borne diseases.

According to health officials, over 50 per cent of patients visiting health centres are suffering from gastroenteritis. It is easy to say that people have been asked to use chlorine tablets before drinking potable water. But from where will the marooned people procure these?

The health department having failed to deliver the goods, should we request social service organizations to render medical help to those stranded in the flooded areas? If they are unable to reach the people why don't they send their suggestions to the All India Radio Allahabad so that they may be broadcast?

The citizens of Allahabad are passing through difficult times. I don't recall floods having created such a continuous havoc for so long What is more, the rains too seem to have joined hands with the floods to make life miserable for the stranded population of the city. Will the slogan-mongering political activists channel their energies towards helping the flood victims too? 

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