Those who have houses in flood-prone areas like the valleys and the river banks need to be extra careful during the monsoons when the flood situation could unexpectedly get worse.
If you are living in the valley
» Keep an eye on the streams and rivulets that flow near the house. These might get heavier if there is a landslide or a sudden surge in water levels. So, it is better not to park vehicles near these water bodies.
» Be alert if strange rumbling sounds are heard from the summit.
» Do not hesitate to move to relief camps if the authorities demand.
» Do not live in a landslide-prone area during heavy rains.
On the river banks
» It is better to move to the relief camps or a relative’s house during heavy rains.
» Make sure to move the home appliances to a safer place.
» Always keep an eye on the water levels in the river, even at night.
» Beware of snakes and other poisonous animals.
» Be prepared as the protective wall near the banks may break in the heavy rains.
» Follow the instructions of the concerned authorities.
» Always keep an emergency kit ready.
(Information courtesy: Reji V Kuriakose, District Fire Officer, Kottayam)