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Floods, landslides and COVID-19 in the Uttarakhand State, India: Impact of Ongoing Crises on Public Health

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 December 2021

Anna Chiara Corriero*
School of Medicine, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Fatima Muhammad Asad Khan
Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
Esther Edet Bassey
Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria
Oumnia Bouaddi
Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco
Ana Carla dos Santos Costa
Department of Internal Medicine, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Oumaima Outani
Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco
Mohammad Mehedi Hasan
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Life Science, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Tangail, Bangladesh
Shoaib Ahmad
Department of Internal Medicine, District Headquarters Hospital, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Mohammad Yasir Essar
Kabul University of Medical Sciences, Kabul, Afghanistan
Corresponding author: Anna Chiara Corriero, Email:


The Uttarakhand State, known for its Himalayan Mountains, is a territory in Northern India that is extremely vulnerable to earthquakes, landslides, and floods. Currently, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, India is facing the dual challenge of containing a pandemic and responding to natural disasters. This situation can have a negative impact on the health and the economic development of the region, leading to a long-lasting humanitarian crisis that can disrupt even more, the already overburdened health service. In addition, it can pose serious threats to the wellbeing of the population as it complicates physical distancing and other COVID-19 prevention measures. It is of utmost importance to analyse the impact of floods, landslides, and COVID-19 pandemic on the health system of the Uttarakhand State, and how these crises interact with each other.

© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc.

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