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Medical camp conducted

Special Correspondent

Minister visits inundated colonies

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Corporation on Friday conducted a medical camp for about 1,500 families of four colonies that encroached on the Valankulam tank as water inundated their houses and posed the threat of diseases.

Five doctors of the Corporation held the camps to check for rain-related diseases. About 100 conservancy workers removed garbage and every other waste that posed epidemic threat in Highways Colony, Bharathidasan Nagar, Rajiv Nagar and areas around the Muthumariamman Temple.

The residents in these unauthorised settlements had been living under the threat of inundation. Besides impeding storage of water in the tank, they had endangered their own lives by remaining in these colonies that were vulnerable to disaster.

The Minister for Backward Classes Welfare, S.M. Velusamy; the Collector, S. Kosalaraman; and the Corporation Commissioner, Anil Meshram; visited the colonies on Friday morning. An assessment of the situation led to the camp being held the same day.

Alternative sites

The Minister, however, pulled up the residents for courting danger by refusing to move out. He regretted that they did not shift to any alternative sites identified for them. They remained in these settlements claiming that their workplace and their children's schools were nearby.

Realising that only damage containing measures could be taken up for the present, the Corporation set to work by minimising risks to the people. A release said that 30 malaria prevention workers sprayed mosquito repellent in the colonies and 700 people were screened so far.

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