• Short Summary

    INDIA'S CAPITAL, NEW DELHI, RECOVERING FROM SERIOUS FLOODS CAUSED BY RECENT MONSOON RAINS NOW FACES A NEW THREAT -- EPIDEMICS OF JAUNDICE AND CHOLERA FROM POLLUTED WATER SUPPLIES MADE IMPURE BY REFUSE AND WASTE SWEPT INTO THE RIVER JUMNA BY RECEDING FLOODWATER.

  • Description

    INDIA'S CAPITAL, NEW DELHI, RECOVERING FROM SERIOUS FLOODS CAUSED BY RECENT MONSOON RAINS NOW FACES A NEW THREAT -- EPIDEMICS OF JAUNDICE AND CHOLERA FROM POLLUTED WATER SUPPLIES MADE IMPURE BY REFUSE AND WASTE SWEPT INTO THE RIVER JUMNA BY RECEDING FLOODWATER.

    THE FLOODS COVERED SUCH A WIDE AREA AROUND DELHI THAT EVEN THE CITY'S GARBAGE DISPOSAL DUMPS 10 MILES TO THE NORTH WERE INUNDATED AND THE WASTE CARRIED DOWNSTREAM. IN DELHI ITSELF, DYKES WHICH DIRECTED EFFLUENT AWAY FROM THE JUMNA WERE BROKEN DOWN AND NOW THE SEWAGE WATERS ARE ADDING TO THE EVER-GROWING PROBLEM.

    ALREADY THE CITY'S MEDICAL AUTHORITIES ARE REPORTING A SHARP INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CASES OF JAUNDICE (HEPATITIS), CHOLERA, DYSENTERY AND POLIO; AND THEY FEAR THAT THE POSITION WILL BECOME WORSE WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

    ORDERS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR ALL OF THE CITY'S POPULATION TO DRINK NOTHING BUT BOILED WATER. HOWEVER, IT IS ONLY THE RICHER PEOPLE OF DELHI WHO CAN AFFORD TO DO THIS, THE MAJORITY CANNOT AFFORD THE FUEL. CHILDREN OF WEALTHIER PARENTS TAKE WATER WITH THEM TO SCHOOL IN PLASTIC FLASKS, POORER CHILDREN ARE FORCED TO USE SUPPLIES FROM COMMUNAL -- AND POLLUTED -- PUBLIC TAPS.

    THE MANUFACTURE OF ICE HAS BEEN FORBIDDEN, BUT THE DIRECTIVE ISN'T BEING CARRIED OUT. WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE MIDDLE 90's, THE DEMAND FOR ICED DRINKS RUNS HIGH AS IT DOES FOR ICE CREAM, MADE MOST LIKELY, SAY MEDICAL OFFICERS, WITH POLLUTED WATER.

    IN A BID TO HALT THE THREAT OF A SERIOUS EPIDEMIC, 10,000 WORKMEN HAVE BEEN DRAFTED TO BUILD A 2,000 FOOT LONG DYKE TO BLOCK THE FLOW OF EFFLUENT INTO THE JUMNA AT A POINT WHERE THE RIVER IS A POPULAR BATHING PLACE.

    THE MAIN DRIVE AGAINST DISEASE IS IN THE FIELD OF INOCULATION AND MEDICAL TEAMS ARE WORKING IN ALL PARTS OF THE CITY GIVING INJECTIONS OF ANTI-CHOLERA, ANTI-TYPHOID VACCINES. IT'S AN ALL-OUT EFFORT TO BEAT A HEALTH PROBLEM THAT NO OTHER CAPITAL IN THE WORLD FACES AT THE MOMENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5RNXNONAPSD9DN05KQLRBRQHT
    Media URN:
    VLVA5RNXNONAPSD9DN05KQLRBRQHT
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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