Bihar Floods: 900 Cases Of Dengue Reported, Patna Worst Hit By Floods

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In the aftermath of incessant rainfalls in Bihar, 900 people have been tested positive for dengue in the state due to waterlogged streets and contaminated water

Written By Pritesh Kamath | Mumbai | Updated On:

In the aftermath of incessant rainfalls in Bihar, 900 people have been tested positive for dengue in the state including 640 cases in Patna due to waterlogged streets in the region. The Bihar government on Thursday, October 3, began the fogging process in the waterlogged areas to prevent the risk of vector-borne diseases in the flood-affected regions.

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'900 cases of dengue'

While speaking to ANI, Sanjay Kumar, the Principal Secretary of Health in the State revealed that a team of experts declared that the vector density of mosquitoes is increasing in the streets. Twenty-four teams are spraying Temefos in Patna to kill mosquitoes, and so far, 900 cases of dengue have come to light in the state, including 640 cases in Patna alone. However, Kumar denied the outbreak of the vector-borne disease in Patna due to the monsoon season.

"According to a team of experts from the National Institute of Malaria Research and Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, there is no indication of an outbreak of the vector-borne disease in Patna", he added.

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Over 70 killed in the floods

Apart from Patna, low-lying areas like Kankarbagh, Rajendra Nagar, Gardani Bagh, Dak Bungalow and SK Puri have also been submerged in water due to heavy rainfall and choked sewage. 22 NDRF teams had been working round the clock and rescued more than 10,000 people from flood-affected regions with rescue teams rowing people across the flooded roads in inflated boats. Indian Air Force helicopters were deployed to drop relief material in flood-affected areas.

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The Indian Meteorological Department has announced that rainfall received so far is 10 per cent more than the normal occurrence and has issued a red alert. India has recorded its highest rainfall this Monsoon since 1994, with death toll amounting to 73 and nine injured in Bihar floods as per the reports. The stagnant water has put the State under severe duress as the risk of widespread diseases continues to rise.

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