News By/Courtesy: Amaruvi Vijay Sudharshan | 29 Jun 2020 12:07pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Assam faces a new hurdle
  • Total death toll has risen to 43
  • 30,000 people have been relocated to relief camps

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Assam is looking at a new problem. This annual recurring flood has already impacted 9.26 lakh people belonging to 2071 villages in 23 districts, officials reported on Sunday. The total death toll has risen to 20 who died due to the floods and 23 people have been killed by the landslides which have been triggered by the landslide say the officials of Assam State Disaster Management Authority. Around 30,000 people have been forced to take shelter in 193 relief camps. The might Brahmaputra river is flowing in it’s in full force and is sheathing havoc among the plains of Assam.

Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, and West Karbi Anglong districts on Sunday were inundated.

This rainfall has also inundated the All India Radio station in Assam. There was a short circuit on June 25 that made AIR to shift the place of transmission to an emergency transmitter 18km west at Leptetkata. AIR Dibrugarh is a sophisticated station with a high-power transmitter that broadcasts in 12 languages.

The National Disaster Response Force along with other personnel are working continuously to rescue the people in the flood-hit areas. The issue here is complicated by COVID-19. The protocols of the pandemic also have to be adhered to. 

Union Home minister Amit Shah called up Chief Minister Sonowal on Sunday where he was apprised about the situation about the steps taken to tackle the situation along with the steps taken to avoid the coronavirus infection. 

The arrival of monsoon is marked by the Brahmaputra flowing over the danger mark which results in such wrath of floods. This leads to people evacuating the affected areas. Even the tributaries of the river have been flowing way past the danger point. The situation doesn’t look like it is going to improve anytime soon. 

The Assam government on Sunday also announced a complete lockdown in Guwahati. The state has seen a sharp surge in the number of coronavirus patients in the last few days. There will be no movement of vehicles in the state except for those involved in the essential services. All government and private offices shall remain closed as well. All shops are to be closed except for baby food, medicines, and milk. The Assamese government is facing two major problems of COVID-19 and the floods at the same time.

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, SECT, OR RELIGION ETCETERA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS IN THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(A) AND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING FORCE IN INDIA, FOR THE TIME BEING.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 29 Jun 2020 17:48pm IST


Tags : floods, Assam, COVID-19

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