Authorities issue ‘snake alert' in flood-hit Keral in India
SEE ALSO :Heavy rains, flooding kill 12 people"Anti-venom and other necessary medicines are stored at all hospitals, especially those in flood-hit areas,” he added. Local media said several hospitals in the worst-hit areas of northern and central Kerala had reported an increase in the number of patients seeking treatment for snake bites. Vava Suresh, a local snake handler, said he had received some 22 calls from worried residents and caught 5 cobras in Ernakulam district. State authorities and wildlife experts have formed teams to come to the aid of those who have found snakes in their home, according to local media. The PTI news agency said the government had roped in a local snake expert, who advised returning residents to use a stick to sift through their belongings and not to touch household appliances with bare hands.
SEE ALSO :Airport floods after heavy rainAround a million people are still packed into temporary camps even though the floods, which have left at least 420 dead and missing, are fast subsiding. The government says that more than 10 000km of roads have been destroyed or damaged while a legislator said 50 000 houses had been wiped out.