Sanitation proving a headache in Ockhi-struck Chellanam village of Kerala

With yards covered in sand, toilets broken and salty water in their wells, people are still reeling without enough help.

Published: 07th December 2017 01:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th December 2017 12:32 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOCHI: The state of affairs at Ockhi-struck Chellanam remains unresolved. Though the Health Department and the district authorities have geared up sanitation work with the help of ASHA workers, the condition in the affected areas is yet to improve. With yards covered in sand, toilets broken and salty water in their wells, people are still reeling without enough help. The hunger strike at the camp in St Mary's School moved into the third day with no results so far.  The ASHA workers along with locals are doing basic chlorination work and cleaning.

"The government has not said anything so far. If we ask anything regarding our house, they ask us to stay in the camp. We don't know how long we will have to stay here and we don't have anywhere else to go," says Ammini, a camp-dweller.  "All schools are closed and a special class is being taken for the students of Class X. My daughter, who is in Class X, lost all her books.

We have no clue on how to proceed," says Shaiji Jobin. The Fire and Rescue Services personnel are also assisting in the cleaning process. The Health Department is providing 24-hour services here.  "The possibility of an outbreak of communicable disease lingers," said Sreedevi S, in-charge,  District Medical Office. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Kochi news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp