No need to cancel your India tour

#1 Dec 30th, 2004, 13:04
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There is no need to cancel your tour to India out of panic. Things are going on as usual in all the parts of the country except the hit localities. Iíve traveled through the south of Kerala on the Tsunami day & the subsequent days. The destruction of many villages in the costal towns is total with hundreds of lives lost. 50 km away from the cost, there was not even a sign of the chaos happened at the seashore. Trains, buses, planes etc are plying as usual.

Though the death toll is huge, the problem in India is not as grim as the co hit countries. In India the A&N islands were the worst hit and desperate. At least in India the mainland communication and surface transport links were not affected to mobilize men and material to the costal towns and villages.

For obvious reasons the New Year and holiday seasons will be low key. People wonít view the tourists negatively. I can see both, a batch of my friends & collogues planning to go to Nagapatinam for aid work and another planning for a New Year holiday.

Itís all to the personal choice of people to what to do. There is no warning against traveling to India.
#2 Dec 30th, 2004, 20:50
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possibility of an epedemic?

i was planning on heading south soon (i am in rishikesh now)- but after the earthquake i have been hearing how the deaths are likely to double due to diseases being spread around. i was going to go to mysore or tiruvanamalai (4 hours from pondicherry). can anyone tell me if this is a real danger? thank you...
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#3 Dec 30th, 2004, 23:17
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Avoid the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala for a few days. That would be my suggestion.Being from Andhra, I have witnessed many cyclones and floods that inundated more area for a longer period of time than the tsunami of 12/23. In the wake of large scale deaths, contamination did occur, but there has never been an epidemic of any kind. I don't think there is a major health hazard anywhere in the south except for Nagapattinam, Kanyakumrari and Cuddalore. Skip these areas and do the rest. Inoculations are already underway to prevent any epidemic.
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Avoid the affected coastal towns and villages unless you are intended to offer a helping hand. There would obviously of contamination born diseases at the hit areas. But I donít expect them to go out of hand. The primary focus of the operations on ground is sanitation, vaccination etc.

The costal areas again were put on a 48hours tsunami warning yesterday. Later this was withdrawn saying that this was only a speculation. By and large there is a caution exists at the coastal belt.

Yesterday evening I got a call from my friend in Chennai. According to her the city is normal and the relief efforts are going on at the costal area. In Kerala too there is no panicky situation. Life in the non affected localities are going on as usual.

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