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Flooding Displaces 1.8 Million Children in India

Posted by feww on October 15, 2012


[October 15, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Three waves of flooding displace 5 million Indians

Severe flooding in June, July and September have displaced about 5 million people in India‘s north state of Assam this year including at least 1.8 million children, said Save the Children.

  • “Children are neither able to escape if there is a flood, an earthquake or a tsunami, nor are they able to deal with the hardships caused by displacement, lack of food and clean water. The disruption of schooling and their normal activity can lead to deep stress which affects their cognitive development progressively,” said Save the Children.


  • Schistosomiasis [aka, bilharzia, bilharziosis, blood-flukes or snail fever] has infected at least 15,000 people in NE Nigeria’s Gombe State.

    • Bilharzia is considered to be the second most devastating parasitic disease.
    • “The parasites that cause schistosomiasis live in certain types of freshwater snails. The infectious form of the parasite, known as  cercariae, emerge from the snail, hence contaminating water. You can become infected when your skin comes in contact with contaminated freshwater. Most human infections are caused by Schistosoma mansoni, S. haematobium, or S. japonicum.” CDC said.

Signs and symptoms of schistosomiasis

Within days after becoming infected, you may develop a rash or itchy skin. Fever, chills, cough, and muscle aches can begin within 1-2 months of infection. Most people have no symptoms at this early phase of infection.

Eggs travel to the intestine, liver or bladder, causing inflammation or scarring. Children who are repeatedly infected can develop anemia, malnutrition, and learning difficulties. After years of infection, the parasite can also damage the liver, intestine, lungs, and bladder. Rarely, eggs are found in the brain or spinal cord and can cause seizures, paralysis, or spinal cord inflammation.

Symptoms of schistosomiasis are caused by the body’s reaction to the eggs produced by worms, not by the worms themselves. [CDC]

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