Unit 8: Worldwide destinations
M2: Explain how different factors might affect travel to India.
Monsoon season in India
The death toll from this year's monsoon has already climbed past 800, and now some 1.2 million people have been marooned, and about 2 million more affected in the impoverished state of Bihar, where the Koshi River has burst its banks, breached safety embankments and submerged all roads leading to the region. Indian villagers wade through flood water in Sitpur in the Supaul district of India's northern state of Bihar on August 28, 2008. More than a million people remain trapped after a monsoon-swollen river changed course, flooding huge swathes of the country's impoverished Bihar state. Flood victims receive medical treatment at a temporary flood relief camp in East Nepal August 28, 2008. The Koshi River in the eastern state of Bihar in India has flooded, breaking a dam in neighboring Nepal, officials said. Thousands have been displaced and people are starting to get sick due to the lack of sanitation and safe drinking water in the camps. People seek refuge from flood waters in east Nepal August 24, 2008. The Koshi River breached its banks ten days ago on the border with Nepal, flowing through a channel it had previously abandoned. At least 46 people are reported to have died in the floods, as troops and air force helicopters rushed to help police in the rescue operation. Torrential rains have killed more than 1,000 people in South Asia since the monsoon began in June, mainly in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where 725 people have lost their lives. Other deaths were reported from Nepal and Bangladesh. Heavy downpours continue to cross northern India as the south-west monsoon travels across the Indian subcontinent. Commuters wade through flood water in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008. India's monsoon season, which lasts from June to September, brings rain vital for the country's farmers but also massive destruction. Floods, mudslides, collapsing houses and lightning strikes kill hundreds of people every year.
Preparing for Your Trip to India
Before visiting India, you may need to get the following vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases you might be at risk for at your destination:(Note: Your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities.)Doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities.) Be sure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date. Check the links below to see which vaccinations adults and children should get. Routine vaccines, as they are often called, such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) are given at all stages of life; see the childhood and adolescent immunization schedule and routine adult immunization schedule.
A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or even worldwide. 2009 flu pandemic in India is the outbreak of swine flu in various parts of India. Soon after the outbreak of H1N1 virus in the United States and Mexico in March, the Government of India started screening people coming from the affected countries at airports for swine flu symptoms. The first case of the flu in India was found on the Hyderabad airport on 13 May, when a man travelling from US to India was found H1N1 positive. Subsequently, more confirmed cases were reported and as the rate of transmission of the flu increased in the beginning of August, with the first death due to swine flu in India in Pune, panic began to spread. As of 24 May 2010, 10193 cases of swine flu have been confirmed with 1035 deaths. The only...
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