I am writing this to put emphasis on how the recent deluge in Tarai can bring the rippling effects in and around the flood affected areas. The consequences of floods are just not what has been lost but more importantly it is what will happen in the wake of this disaster. The diseases may be viral and that may potentially give rise to a devastating
situation. An outbreaks of epidemic cannot be ruled out as the people are consuming contaminated water and they do not have sanitary facilities, proper health care planning and distribution of food until they return to normalcy.
The immediate tasks of the government which has issued a fiat of one-window relief distribution policy is to make sure that no people suffer from an outbreak of an epidemic of diarrhea or cholera as is likely to happen in aftermath of the disaster of such a large scale. The main question is how to ensure food security in the flood affected areas where standing crops have been damaged. It is better to be proactive than being reactive to the possible consequences when it happens. We need mental caliber to predict such unthinkable events.
Mr. Shiva Neupane, is the author of “Falang English Dictionary” and “In the pursuit of Utopian Life in Australia”