Gautam Das and household are tenting on this Brahmaputra river embankment for every week, ever since their village at Palashbari obtained flooded. The waters have receded now. However this 45-year-old wage labourer laments that the federal government reduction has come late to his village that’s simply 30 km away from capital Guwahati.
“We face drawback about meals, since on account of earlier lockdown our work is completely off… Within the final flood even NGOs got here and helped us with meals however this time nobody got here. I heard that they’re giving meals right this moment,” Mr Das informed NDTV.
When reduction did arrive, it was to lengthy queues of individuals dealing with double bother – the floods and COVID-19. For the federal government too, it’s an unprecedented problem.
In Assam, the place floods have affected over 35 lakh folks, 5 died on Friday, taking the fatalities to 76. The floods got here at a time when the state noticed the best single-day spike of 1,218 coronavirus circumstances on Friday.
The state has logged over 21,000 constructive circumstances and there have been 51 deaths. It’s a twin problem for the federal government and taking this battle head-on are the frontline authorities functionaries, a lot of them doubling up as COVID-19 warriors and flood reduction managers.
On the reduction centre, it’s continuous multitasking for Kamrup Rural’s Further Deputy Commissioner and her staff of round 30. All of them have turn into COVID-19 warriors and flood reduction managers rolled into one.
“All lately we now have been busy in COVID-19 duties of screening, quarantining folks and likewise we run a COVID-19 care centre within the space on the Patanjali facility, and now managing floods the place there are various protocols and notably guaranteeing social distancing and carrying masks is a tough activity,” Rashmi Baruah Gogoi, ADC, Kamrup Rural, informed NDTV.
She is the circle officer in command of Palashbari and has been taking care of the flood affected space. She can also be the in-charge of the COVID-19 care centre within the space.
What was strikingly seen was that Assam Police have deployed a skeletal power right here to make sure social distancing. Over 700 policemen have examined constructive together with a number of frontline staff.
For this staff, the subsequent cease, a COVID-19 care centre for asymptomatic constructive sufferers, is eight km away. It’s a Herculean effort being put in round the clock in a single district after one other.
“Clearly, balancing is tough however not that we can’t do. In truth we’re doing it, however sure components are getting accentuated since there’s nonetheless a lockdown in Guwahati and a whole lot of reduction materials can also be coming from Guwahati,” Kailash Kartik N, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Rural district, informed NDTV.