September 2, 2008
Aid Rush to India Floods
DOCTORS and medical equipment were being rushed to flood- devastated northern India yesterday in hopes of preventing disease spreading among the hundreds of thousands of victims crowding into refugee camps.
Nearly half of the 1.2 million people who were left homeless when the Kosi River burst its banks two weeks ago had been rescued by yesterday, and officials hope to reach the others in the next three days.
But with the numbers in the camps expected to double, there were fears of outbreaks of diseases such as cholera.
In one camp set up at a school in Saharsa district a nurse was trying to treat the sick with one packet of paracetamol tablets.
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