The Covid-19 and monsoon rains resulting in the flood have hit hard on Bihar. The state had gone down a lockdown till July 31 from July 16, to curb the spread of Corona Virus. At the same time, a dozen districts have been massively affected by the flood. The villages near the Kamala River got submerged due to the monsoon rains which resulted in a flood. The chief officer of the panchayat told Times of India that Kamala River has flooded about five panchayats in the eastern block.
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Fact Check: waterlogged picture of the hospital with patients sitting on their beds
Keeping in mind, the waterlogged picture of the hospital with patients sitting on their beds which are being widely shared on social media with the claim that it is the picture of a hospital in Bihar is fake, confirms India Today, saying that the picture is not from Bihar but Hyderabad.
According to the report of the India Today, on the reverse search of the picture, it was found that a news website called The Rahnuma Daily had published in their article on how rains and drainage water had left Hyderabad’s historic 110 years old Osmania General Hospital flooded. The source of the picture was mentioned as IANS and on checking it was found that IANS tweeted the picture on July 15.
According to the hospital staff members, sanitation staff and ward boys the hospital premises and corridors got completely waterlogged. They had put their best efforts to prevent the flow of water into the wards by placing sandbags and beddings. The MLA of BJP under whose jurisdiction the hospital falls said that the entire hospital got waterlogged with rainwater and the drainage system was overflowing with water. He also said, “Six wards, including ICU which was on the ground floor, were flooded, forcing patients to take refuge on their beds.” The wards had patients with mild COVID- 19 symptoms and those who were tested and waiting for results were all housed in the state-run hospital. The MLA also appealed to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Health Minister Etela Rajender to look into this matter as soon as possible.
Gazing at the unprecedented rise in the Coronavirus cases, the Bihar government has decided to impose lockdown till July 31 to curb the spread of COVID- 19. Bihar is fighting a twin battle of COVID- 19 and flood. Hundreds of villages have submerged in several parts of the state; people are even using boats to commute. The Hindu reported that Bihar is among one such state where there is a rapid rise in the COVID cases and it has the lowest testing among 19 states. Another report based on state health department said Bihar has seen a rise in testing leading to a spurt in positivity rates.
Heavy rains have caused waterlogging in many areas of Bihar and doctors have to commute on Cycle- carts. The doctors also informed that this has been the situation for the last few days and as the patients’ needs serious medical attention and facilities the doctors have to take help of such desperate measures.
Though Bihar is facing the adverse situation caused due to flood, the viral picture of the Waterlogged hospital ward is not from Bihar rather Hyderabad.