Mayhem in Mewat

LAST monsoon, floods had usurped their crops. And then followed malaria, taking a massive unforseen toll. The malady is feared to have claimed over 10,000 lives in the Mewat region in the Haryana-Rajasthan border, spanning over 800 villages in the Gurgaon district of Haryana, and almost an equal number of villages in Rajasthan. Several lakhs have been reportedly affected by malaria over the last three months, and the scourge seems to show no signs of let up, thanks to the monumental neglect and apathy of the authorities.

Bansi Lal, chief minister of Haryana, puts the