The first wave of flood has hit the state of Assam, creating havoc in the lives of people and animals alike. Heavy rain has washed over parts of the Biswanath district of Assam, resulting in the swelling up of the river Diring. An enormous amount of water has engulfed a vast tract of land in the Barpathar area, forcing people to take shelter in safe places.
“Because of the curfew, shops barely open for few hours. And even if they open, we do not have money to buy rice or dal. I have no dal in my house but as I have not got any work due to lockdown, I have no money to buy stuff. For how long will shops give us stuff on credit? We are already facing a lot of problems due to COVID and now it is the floods. The administration is not doing anything,” one of the villagers affected by floods said.
Some flood-affected people said they are now facing food scarcity and demanded that the administration take urgent steps to supply food articles to them. Following the issue, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has distributed funds, shared SOPs, and instructed the district administrations about the steps that need to be taken to help flood-affected people.
Meanwhile, significant portions of the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve are underwater, rendering its wildlife helpless with the wildlife habitant washed away in the floods. Several one-horned rhinos, deers were seen trying to swim across to Karbi Hills to stay safe.
Besides, some panic-stricken wild animals have taken shelter by the side of the National Highway 37, which crosses through the Park. The district administration has already declared speed limits for vehicles traveling through the area.