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Shimla’s water supply ‘mixed’ with septic tanks, jaundice outbreak haunts city outskirts

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‘Septic’ water posing threat to human lives in city’s outskirts

SHIMLA- Water supply pipelines of the Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) Department have got “mixed” with septic tanks in the periphery areas posing a serious threat to several lives.

Six jaundice cases were reported from the outer areas of the city on February 19, while 13 HRTC employees suffered from jaundice recently as they got filthy drinking water at the HRTC workshop.

Poor maintenance of water-storage tanks and the flooding in the Ashwani khud during monsoons have turned out to be major reasons for the outbreak of jaundice in the periphery areas of the capital city, including Maliana, Chamiana, Ruldu Bhatta, New Shimla, Kasumpti, Mashobra, Totu, Ghanatti.

The HRTC water-storage tanks have turned out to be unfit for human consumption, revealed health officials.
The water used for washing buses finds its way into the tanks or supply lines, they said.

“We have taken four samples — one from natural source and three others from the storage tanks of the HRTC — but one sample from the storage tank tested positive for coliform bacteria which is unfit for human consumption,” said Dr Daleep Kunwar, Chief Medical Officer, Shimla.

“It appears that the 13 employees who drank water from the tank got jaundice. We have asked the HRTC regional manager to stop supplying water from the tanks,” he said.

“The recent jaundice outbreak has exposed the corporation, as it cannot supply clean water tanks to us, leave alone providing water filters or purifiers which are the privilege of managers only, who get all facilities,” resented a worker.

The main reason is private septic tanks leak and contaminate the water supply line,” health officials said. IPH engineers claimed that they issue mandatory warnings to the Shimla Municipal Corporation and residents to clean storage tanks before the onset of summer season.Pumping stations at the Ashwani khud are cleaned and treated regularly,” they claimed.

Doctors said: “The flooding of water sources at the Ashwani khud from polluted catchment areas of city’s drains continue to be hazardous.”

Shimla Mayor Sanjay Chauhan said the water was supplied by the IPH Department.

“But we ensure that the supply tanks on The Ridge and other distribution centres are maintained and cleaned regularly. The sewerage coverage is being improved in the left out areas,” he added.

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With 78 Deaths Himachal Reports Highest Covid Fatalities in a Day Till Date

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Shimla-Himachal reported the highest deaths due to coronavirus in the last 24 hours on Tuesday as 78 patients succumbed to severe symptoms of the infection. As of now, the official death toll stands at 2,447. The number of active Covid cases in the state reached 34,888 as 2,892 new cases of infection reported in the last 24 hours.

 With 23 deaths, the Hamirpur district reported the highest number of fatalities on Tuesday. In the Kangra district, 14 patients lost their lives, while ten patients were reported dead in Solan district. Out of 78 patients who succumbed to coronavirus on Tuesday, 55 had no comorbidities. Out of 15,700 Covid tests conducted across the state on Tuesday, results of 3,539 remain awaited.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 17, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

Amid the high fatality, the state government asked district administrations to explore all available means of transportation on Tuesday.  Besides ambulances, the state government has asked local administrations to sought vehicles available with Army, Paramilitary, ESI, Hydroelectric projects, and more to facilitate the movement of Covid-19 confirmed or suspected patients to hospitals.

All the ambulances in the twelve districts of the state are being mapped onto emergency number 108 for ease of transport services, the government said. Those patients who are currently at home may dial 108 for mobilization of the ambulance.

Many children have lost their parents amidst the deadly second wave of coronavirus. According to official data, seven children in Himachal have lost their parents due to Covid-19. Addressing this issue on Tuesday, the state government announced that it would ensure care and protection of orphan children. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the state government would provide financial aid, of Rs 2500 to each child every month. The state government has also issued directions to field officers to initiate immediate action for placing the children under foster care. 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 18 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Covid Orphans Seven Children in Himachal So Far, To be Placed Under Foster Care

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Shimla-The Corona pandemic has not only adversely affected the economy but has also devastated families. The deadly second wave has orphaned several children in Himachal Pradesh. There are instances where the children lost both their parents and left in the lurch. In other cases, life has become hard for children with a single parent, especially those coming from economically weaker backgrounds. Such children are forced to confront not only hardships, but they are also traumatized.

According to the official data, as of now seven children in the State have been orphaned due to Covid-19 and all these children were living with their kith and kin.

The Government said it had approached their guardians but they have refused to send the children to the Child Care Institutions. Therefore, the directions have been issued to the field officers to initiate action for placing them under foster care and provide Rs. 2500 per child per month up to the age of 18 years to the foster parents/children.

The state government also said that those children who are enrolled in Child Care Institutions and are temporarily restored to their families due to closure of schools amid the Covid pandemic would be provided Rs. 2000 per month to enable them to continue their online education. Presently 598 children were being benefitted under this Scheme, the state government claimed.

Further, the children up to the age of 18 years who either have lost their parents or are suffering from Covid would be provided shelter and care in Child Care Institutions.

The employees working in these institutions have been declared as frontline workers for purpose of vaccination.

Under the Mother Teresa Asahay Matri Sambal Yojna, financial assistance of Rs. 6000 per child per annum was being provided to widows for maintenance of two children up to the age of 18 years. Families whose annual income does not exceed Rs. 35000 were being covered under this Scheme, the government informed.

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Weather Alert in Himachal, Heavy Rainfall and Hailstorm Predicted for Two Days

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Shimla-With the onset of Western Disturbances in northern India, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has issued a yellow alert for May 18th, 19th and 20th in the plain/low hills and middle hills. For higher hills, a yellow alert has been issued for May 19th and 20th with predictions of heavy rain in most areas and chances of snow in some parts.

The meteorological department has issued a yellow alert for Una, Bilaspur, Kangra, Hamirpur, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur. In some areas of Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur, the higher hill areas can receive snowfall.

The minimum temperature recorded in Shimla on Tuesday was 16.3 degree Celsius, 15.3 in Sunder Nagar, 12.1 in Bhuntar, 7.1 in Kalpa, 16.0 in Dharamshala, 20.8 in Una, 19.5 in Nahan, 3.0 in Kelang, 18.0 in Palampur, 16.0 in Solan, 10.0 in Manali, 19.0 in Kangra, 15.0 in Mandi, 16.8 in Bilaspur, 17.2 in Hamirpur, 14.0 in Chamba, 17.0 in Dalhousie and 14.4 degree Celsius in Kufri.

The maximum temperature recorded on Monday in Una was 40.4 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature in Bilaspur was 39.5, 38.8 in Hamirpur, 35.4 in Kangra, 35.0 in Nahan, 34.4 in Sunder Nagar, 34.3 in Chamba, 33.1 in Bhuntar, 31.6 in Solan, 27.4 in Dharamshala, 26.6 in Shimla, 22.0 in Kalpa, 21.3 in Dalhousie and 17.2 degree Celsius in Kelang.

As defined by the Met department, low hills/plains cover Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Parts of District of Kangra (Nurpur, Jwala and Dehra), Solan (Nalagarh, Baddi, Arki and Kunihar), and Sirmaur (Nahan and Ponta Sahib.

Middle hills cover Shimla, mandi, Kullu, some parts of Chamba (Sihunta, Chowari and Chamba), and most parts of Solan and Sirmaur district.

Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Upper parts of Kullu and Mandi falls in the higher hills.

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