NIMHANS Ready With Psychological Support for TN Flood Victims

The monsoon mayhem in Tamil Nadu is likely to put a lot of stress on people affected by the floods.

Published: 04th December 2015 04:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th December 2015 05:13 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: The monsoon mayhem in Tamil Nadu is likely to put a lot of stress on people affected by the floods.

Hence, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NMHANS) is sending a team of experts for psychological social rehabilitation of the affected people, and it is waiting for the Centre’s nod.

NIMHANS director P Satish Chandra told Express that the situation was quite grim at present. Once the Union government sends circulars that the situation has improved, as is the protocol after a tragedy, NIMHANS will send teams to Tamil Nadu for psychological support, he said.

“There are teams trained to handle such situations. The doctors are trained in disaster management and can extend psychological support to the affected people,” he said.

Dr Chandra said a team of three to four will be sent for a period of two weeks, and after that another team will be sent. Such teams were also sent to Uttarakhand, Kashmir and Nepal earlier during natural disasters.

Meanwhile, the Health Department has identified a team of doctors and are ready to send it as soon as they get the nod from the Tamil Nadu Government. “We have constituted a team of ten doctors, including physicians, surgeons, orthopedic doctors for emergencies,” Dr G M Vamadeva, state health director, said.

Emergency Team Ready

M N Reddi, DG and IG, Fire and Emergency Services, said the department has already constituted a team.

Confirming this, Chief Warden, Civil Defence, PRS Chetan said a special civil defence and fire and emergency team is ready for the last three days. Top government officials have already communicated about this to officials in Tamil Nadu. “The moment they give us the clearance, we will reach Chennai and start the rescue operation,” he said.


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