Rain knocks down floodgates, let us be cautious...

Rain knocks down floodgates, let us be cautious...

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We live in a place which is geographically highly prone to torrent Floods and landslides.Taking lessons from the past floods,we need to be extra cautious.Due to the consistent rains,the overflowing rivers have pushed the water beyond their banks,hence caused havoc and fear.North Kashmir especially District Kupwara witnessed a severe wave of flash flood.It was fierce,full of wrath and destruction.Flood has shaked Dozens of buildings.Roads spectacled  lakes and building as boats.District Administration was on toes to rehabilitate and rescue the flood victims.At some places School Teachers were seen evacuating school records and other utilities to safer places.Transport was at halt and life standstill.
We always feel that we live in a community with low risk of flooding.Remember that anywhere it rains, it can cause flood. Just because we have experienced  floods in the past. Flood risk is not just based on history,it is based on a number of factors including rainfall, topography, flood-control measures, river-flow and changes due to new construction and development.It is true that  no human power can stop this natural calamity from happening,however there are certain set precautions that needs to be followed.
Let us  consider the following flood-control measures before, during and after a flood.
  Every now and then we have been informed how to combat with the natural calamities like floods etc.We need to focus on certain factors before planning any construction.Lets build it at a specific distance from any flowing water body or according to its  intensity.Always prefer to build a strong and raised plenth.If possible construct your house at raised ground.Very surely install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent flood water back ups during floods from the underground sewers.Construct interior barriers to stop low level floodwater from entering basements.Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
During a slow and slient flood , move immediately to higher ground or higher storey with all the eatables and fresh water you have preserved, such floods last for many days .Also take care of your precious belongings like essential documents. If it is flash flood with  raising intensity, leave this place immediately and move to safer place. Flash floods can occur in those areas with or without typical warnings such as consistent rains,cloud brusts or heavy rain fall.While leaving the spot, you should secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves.Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.Always cooperate with others,especially government officals.
  A flood can cause physical hazards and emotional stress.After flood you need to look after yourself and your family as you focus on cleanup and repair.Avoid using floodwaters.water may be contaminated by raw sewage.You must prioritise repairing or pluging of damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewer systems are causes of serious health hazards.Listen for news reports  to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwaters can contain sewage and chemicals.Wash it throughly. Spray disinfectants like phenyl and ethenol.If it is not available use vinegar or bleaching powder.Be safe and help others if you can.You must build dikes of courage to hold back the fear of flood..
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