Dos and Don'ts immediately after the flood

What to do after a devastating flood? What precautions should the flood-affected people take once the flood-water recedes? Know the dos and don'ts after the flood from this article to stay safe from diseases and unfortunate accidents. Read on to know....

The Indian state of Kerala has suffered and is still suffering from the worst flood of the century. More than 350 people have died during the flood. More than three lakh people have been staying in the relief centers operating in different districts. There has been an acute shortage of relief materials, medicines and other essential items.

Fortunately, Indian Armed Forces and NDRF are working round-the-clock to save people and bring them to the relief centres. There were many amazing tales of co-operation and help. Now, fortunately, the rain has stopped and the flood water has started receding. Hopefully, people would start leaving the relief centres and returning to their own residences.

There have been many instances of death due to food poisoning, snake-bite, electrocution and various other accidents immediately after the flood. So, flood-affected people need to follow some basic rules. In this article, we are going to discuss the do's and don'ts for the flood-affected people after returning home.


  • Consume boiled water: The water immediately after the flood is contaminated. There are chances of sewage other and other impurities getting mixed with potable water. So to avoid chances of food poisoning and other water-borne diseases, the people must take boiled water, if bottled water or RO system is not available. Chlorine tablet can also be used in the water
  • Sprinkle medicine in the stagnant dirty water : Phenyl or other medicines should be sprinkled in dirty water to prevent breeding of mosquitoes and various forms of harmful micro-organisms.
  • Check the cracks and other damages : Ensure that there is no chance of falling down of the roof of the house or other major problems. Repair the house immediately
  • Be very careful about snakes and other insects: During flood, snakes and other insects enter the house and hide in the corners of the rooms and other places. So, after returning, be very careful about the snakes or other insects and avoid chances of snake-bite/insect-bite. Sprinkle carbolic acid at every possible place. In the case of snake-bite, take the patient to the nearest hospital without wasting time, instead of taking the patient to a snake-charmer or any other local healer.
  • Be careful about loose electric wires: There would be many loose electric wires after the flood. So people must be very alert about the loose electric wires when the electric connection is resumed. They must contact the electric supply department and ask them to disconnect the loose wires. All electrical appliances must be thoroughly checked before re-use.
  • Don't use food commodities affected by rain-water : The food -commodities kept in the fridge or elsewhere, especially perishable items must not be used after the flood under any circumstances. These items contain harmful micro-organisms which may cause jaundice, typhoid, cholera or other water-borne diseases. Take safe food after adequately heating it
  • Check the drainage system and sewerage system of your home : There are possibilities of damages of the drainage system and sewerage system. So repair the damaged system as early as possible. This is important for the health of your family members
  • Keep essential medicines ready : Keep the essential medicines for the treatment of food-poisoning, acidity, stomach problem, acidity, Burnol, Dettol, etc. handy for any accident


  1. Don't enter flood water barefooted.
  2. Don't walk through moving water.
  3. Don't go near electric poles and fallen power-lines.
  4. Don't drink polluted water
  5. Don't allow children to play in rain-water
  6. Don't use old food-items exposed to rain-water
  7. Don't use toilet or tap water if the drainage system is damaged
  8. Don't leave the rescue centre until the officials declare that the locality is safe.

Final few words

Even after the flood, many deaths occur due to food-poisoning, water-borne diseases, electrocution and Snake-bite/insect-bite. We have to be extra-cautious to avoid such deaths after the flood-water recedes.

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Author: Natarajan31 Aug 2018 Member Level: Gold   Points : 6

A thoughtful article on simple advises on dealing with the aftermath of the floods. When a disaster of this magnitude hits people with short notice, then life literally falls apart to the extent that the even a glass of drinking water becomes a luxury and a precious commodity.

It would be important to ration the available food and water depending on the number of people, their health in the house or the relief camp.

The healthy people and the volunteers should engage in gathering further information about further rains or water release etc. They can also form groups that can look out for people who need help and gather food and water rations.

People are anxious to save and salvage whatever they can from their destroyed homes. This should be put off until the authorities say it is safe to venture out. Even while scouring the home that has not been used for a few weeks, people should exercise extreme caution for stray animals and snakes that could be seeking shelter inside.

Lastly, people should not lose hope and faith. They need to support each other, pray for guidance as per their own wishes and religion and above all, they need to look after each other, especially the children and the elderly.

Once things are relatively under control, then if time and resources permits, people can look out for helpless pets and cattle that would need human warmth, water and some food.

In such calamities, disaster awareness and preparedness often go a long way in minimizing the causalities and the hardships. People living in high-risk areas, should form their own groups and proactively seek help and guidance to be ready for such events.

Author: Reena Upadhya04 Sep 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 4

A major storm can cause floods and put everyone in danger. Call it a bad luck or weather disaster; nobody wants to be in such a dreadful scenario. However, the damage is done and do's and don'ts can provide certain relief to some extent.

If you are away from home make sure to get the proper weather reports. Watch the weather reports on the internet or television and return only if it is safe. Do not crowd the areas where rescue operations are carried out.

Before entering any building or apartment make sure that it is safe to enter. Do not try to enter it if it is flooded. It may not contain more amount of floodwater but still do not try to enter inside it as the flooded water may contain lots of breeding mosquitoes and other insects which may harm you in some way or the other. Even in absence of floodwater make sure to check whether the building has undergone any damage. If there is the presence of cracks or structural damage, do not enter it. Enter the buildings only if local authorities have inspected it and indicated it as a safe one.

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