A flood poses major risks to life and property. The aftermath of a flood can also pose serious health hazards, especially the risk of disease from contaminated water and food.
Eat only dry or freshly cooked food. Do not eat food that has come in contact with floodwater in any way. It may be the cause of food poisoning, diarrhoea, dysentery, malaria, dengue, etc. Always, always keep your food covered.
If you lose power, an unopened refrigerator will maintain a safe temperature for perishable foods for about four hours. After that, if the food looks or smells bad, simply discard it. It can be dangerous even if you reheat it.
You must consume only boiled water or water purified with chlorine tablets. This is safer because groundwater can get contaminated during floods, and regular water purifiers cannot always prevent disease-causing germs from entering your body.
As a precaution, if you know that flooding is imminent, stock up your home with enough food, so that you do not have to starve in case you cannot step out. Also, stock up on emergency medicines.
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