Rains are to help us overcome the shortage of water during non rainy days. Rains are to saturate the soil with water and raise the ground water table.
Rains if managed properly will lead to clean bright greenery all round. Rains if not managed will lead to diseases and disasters.
Lets remember two simple rules:
- The rainwater from all concrete areas must automatically flow into rainwater drains and get collected in a reservoir.
- The rainwater from all non- concrete areas must percolate in the ground.
If this is not happening look into drainage system and soil conditions. If the drains are clear and soil not compacted rainwater will never stand anywhere.
Do not litter in or around drains. Never throw any thing in the drains. Clear all plastic bags, sachets, wrappings, foils, paper, peels, and inert waste from all areas, lanes and roads so that rainwater cannot sweep them to the drains and clog them.
Till all compacted soil to increase its water absorbs ion capacity.
Keep houses, classrooms, shops and offices etc. Dry, clean and disinfected. Remove carpets from the floor. Insulate all electrical connections.
Never turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.
Never use TVs, VCRS, CRT terminals or other electrical equipment while standing on wet floors.
Don’t attempt to remove standing water using your vacuum cleaner.
Don’t remove standing water in a basement too fast. If the pressure is relieved too quickly it may put undue stress on the walls.
When it rains and the water stands immediately clear the drains with long bamboo sticks.
Clear all debris and garbage from the area.
If the drainage system is nonexistent direct rainwater towards the nonconcrete areas, which have already been tilled and are not compacted.
Some musts while leaving the home during monsoons:
Have a raincoat or umbrella, torch, some edibles, drinking water, a set of dry clothes, identity card,
and some ready cash with you.
Avoid contact with floodwater it may be contaminated with sewage, oil, chemicals or other substances.
If you have to walk in standing water, use a pole or stick to ensure that you do not step into deep water, open manholes or ditches.
Stay away from power lines electrical current can travel through water, Report power lines that are down to the power company.
Be alert while walking in rain the ground and floors might have debris, which may include broken bottles, sharp objects, nails etc. Floors and stairs covered with mud and debris can be slippery.
Don’t walk through flowing water – currents can be deceptive, and shallow, fast moving water can knock you off your feet.
Don’t drive through a flooded area – You may not be able to see abrupt drop – offs and only half a meter of floodwater can carry a car away.
Don’t eat any food that has come into contact with floodwater. Do not eat cut fruit or salads in eating joints. Prefer drinking well-boiled hot beverages’ like tea and well-cooked fresh vegetarian food.
Dr. Ms. Iqbal Malik
Founder & Director