Delhi Reports 27 Dengue Cases In A Week Amid Floods, Waterlogging. Mayor Inspects Hospitals


Amid flooding and waterlogging in Delhi, the national capital has reported 27 cases of Dengue in one week ending on July 15. A total of 163 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported so far this year, as per an ANI report. In view of possible rising water-borne disease in the national capital, Delhi Mayor Shelly Oberoi inspected hospitals in the city on Monday and instructed the sanitation department to carry out a cleanliness drive, reported the news agency. 

“We are here today to inspect the hospitals. As there is the flood-water everywhere so there is a possibility of diseases like dengue, chikungunya and malaria. So Instructions have been issued to the sanitation department to carry out cleanliness drives at flood-affected areas to minimise dengue, malaria cases,” said the Delhi Mayor.

On Monday, Delhi health minister Saurabh Bharadwaj said that all city government departments have been instructed to constantly monitor the situation as cases of conjunctivitis and skin allergy are mostly being reported from relief camps housing people affected by the flooding, reported PTI. 

“After flooding, there is a fear of cases of vector-borne disease like dengue, chikungunya and malaria rising. But that trend is not being seen at the moment. Cases of conjunctivitis and skin allergy are mostly being reported from relief camps,” he told reporters.

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The water level of Yamuna river rose slightly to 205.58 metres on Monday morning from 205.52 metres the night before.

When asked about the slight increase in water level, Bharadwaj said there have been rains in parts of north India over the last two days and now drains are discharging into the river, so its level has gone up a bit. He also said that data of Hathnikund Barrage has been asked. 

Meanwhile, Delhi Cabinet Minister Atishi on Monday urged people to stay in relief camps as the Yamuna water level was showing a rising trend again.

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