Keeping Hope Afloat ? An Update from Ground Zero!
With a mission of helping teeming thousands in need of medical-aid at Uttarakhand, Fortis Project SEWA team on reaching Dehradun liaised with the local government and the Indian Military for coordinating the necessary relief work.
The Flood Relief Management team embraced the initiative and keeping in account the number of people stranded, the Fortis team was initially based at Badrinath to provide critical medical support and attention.
Bad weather is still impacting operations at Badrinath as also food & water are in short supply. As on Thursday 27th June 2013, the project SEWA team had provided medical care and treatment to 358 patients. High number of trauma cases at Badrinath necessitated 2 specialists in Trauma care to be flown down from Delhi to deal with the trauma-afflicted appropriately.
The mass scale of the calamity mandated teams to be split into 3 units and stationed at the sites having suffered the maximum brunt i.e – Joshimath, Gauchar and Badrinath. A team of specialists is ready to move at our Facility in Dehradoon, should a need for another deployment arise.
The authorities had shared the operational difficulties prevailing at the relief camps and it is indeed heartening to see the Fortis team stand resolute in the face of issues like short supply of food, portable water shortage, harsh temperature and incessant rainfall. The team has derived a lot of their strength from the courage of the survivors and ‘never say die’ attitude of the Indian Army & Air force whose efforts to rescue stood steadfast even in the face of extreme adversity and personal tragedy.
Our resolve to help the people affected by the floods in Uttarakhand has only emerged stronger and we have put other teams on standby should the need arise to dispatch more teams to Uttarakhand. Together we shall and we will!
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