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Kerala Floods: Precautionary measures and safety tips

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Kerala Floods: Precautionary measures and safety tips
Kerala Floods: Precautionary measures and safety tips

Unprecedented rain that battered Kerala has triggered several landslides and floods, claiming nearly 50 lives and displacing over 60,000. As the state has pressed all its mechanisms into rescueand relief operations, here are a few precautionary measures to keep yourself, your family and friends safe:

  • While facing a flood situation, avoid wading through the flowing water, unless it is really necessary.
  • If you are forced to cross a flooded place, find a long stick to check the ground surface as you walk. This would help you to avoid falling in potholes.
  • Unclog the drains, sewers, drainpipes with the help of a plunger or drain-cleaner to keep them clean.
  • Minimise home water usage and avoid pouring oils, fats, greasy food remnants down the drain at all times in order to prevent the blockage of gutters.
  • Construct barricades to stop the rain water from entering your house.
  • Pack a bag with important items in case you need to evacuate. Don’t forget to include needed medications.
  • Turn off utilities, main switches or valves and don’t touch electrical equipment if you are standing in water or wet surface.
  • Keep the valuable items and important documents at safe heights.
  • Never drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and try moving to higher grounds.
  • Do not allow children to play in floodwaters.

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