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Floods cause health problems in Bangkok

11-07-2011 08:54 BJT

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And in inundated Thailand -the threat of the disease is rising with the waters. Aid workers say at least two people have died from a water borne disease. Health officials have also noted a sharp rise in stomach illnesses and respiratory problems. With the water failing to drain away, the potential health implications are increasing.

Thousands of volunteers gather in the corridors of a Bangkok shopping mall to help fight the floods.

Their contribution is to make EM, or Effective Micro Organism Balls.

The science works like this...

The micro-organisms in the balls, when activated by the flood water, will eat the pollutants and the dangerous bacteria...

They’re hoping to collect more than a million...

And in inundated Thailand -the threat of the disease is rising with the waters. Aid workers say at least two people have died from a water borne disease.

Those dirty brown waters hold a myriad of dangers. And as they reach further into the capital city, they are picking up more waste as they go.

It is a great concern. Water borne bacteria is leading to stomach upsets, skin problems and respiratory disease...With hundreds of thousands of people choosing to remain in the flood affected areas rather than evacuate, the situation is getting worse...And as the disaster spreads, the threat grows. The earliest victims are the old and the young.

And in inundated Thailand -the threat of the disease is rising with the waters. Aid workers say at least two people have died from a water borne disease.

These patients in a ward specially set up for flood related illnesses.

Although this hospital is itself surrounded by water...many of these people were evacuated from other areas harder hit...Outside, the pumps are keeping the hospital compound dry. But the constant threat of flooding, is also having a dire effect on the health of those nearby.

And as the disaster continues to spread, so too the threat of epidemic. Communicable diseases like Cholera are the greatest danger. With the government saying these conditions could last for up to six weeks, the authorities are preparing for the worst.

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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