In India, rescue and emergency teams continue their relief operation after a dam burst earlier i the week claiming the lives of thousands of people.
In India, rescue and emergency teams continue their relief operation after a dam burst earlier i the week claiming the lives of thousands of people. And rescue workers are still digging for bodies in an effort to decrease the threat of disease.
SYNOPSIS: Bodies continue to be disposed of in traditional Hindu fashion--on massive funeral pyres.
Medical workers are beginning to treat many people who are finding their way to relief centres near the industrial town of Morvi, which was ravaged by flood waters shortly after the dam burst. Uncontaminated water is scarce, and people queue for it, along with blankets and clothing.
Damage to the town and the countryside surrounding it is estimated at one hundred and twenty five million dollars. Helicopters have dropped food to people marooned in floodwater near Morvi. But the main relief job of distributing aid is being coordinated from the town.
As well as food, clothes, medicines, milk powder, and baby food rushed from Delhi, fifty thousand doses of anti-cholera vaccine have been flown in form Bombay.
More than one hundred and fifty three thousand people have been affected by the floods. And factories which produce the tiles, pottery, ceramics and wall clocks Morvi ??? renowned for, have been damaged or destroyed. According to a businessman in Morvi, thousands of people will be out of work an dit will take years to restore the town.