ADEPT has identified teachers as strong proponents of Disaster Preparedness in the Tsunami affected communities. Teachers are directly in touch with children, parents, and other members of the community. They are therefore important stakeholders for Community Based Disaster Preparedness.
In the last one year ADEPT, in collaboration with Aravind Eye Hospital and the District Blindness Control Society, has been conducting eye camps in the Tsunami affected villages to identify the elderly with cataracts, school children with refractive errors, and diabetic retinopathy. Free cataract surgery with intraocular lens implantation was performed on a total of 287 senior citizens from the Tsunami affected villages.
Even as the flood situation in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh improved, heavy rainfall in Rajasthan has resulted in 10 rivers overflowing and flooding Pali, Sirohi, Udaipur, Banswara, Jhalawar, Dungarpur, Kota, and Chittorgarh districts. Highways and rail routes in Barmer district are submerged, badly affecting traffic movement. Several rivers like Luni are overflowing, obstructing road traffic at many places on the Jodhpur-Barmer route.
As water levels recede in flood hit Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Orissa, rotting animal carcasses, issues of sanitation, and problems of sewage from sewers, septic tanks, cesspools, and pit privies contaminating wells following eight days of flooding, raise fears of disease.
Large tracts of the entire central belt of India-from the east coast all the way acrossto the west coast -continue to beinundated by floods. Thousands of villages in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, and Andra Pradesh have been flooded. The floods have primarily been caused by opening of overflowing dams. More than 350 people have been killed and around 4.5 million people forced to leave their homes across the five states since the last weekend.