Along with the global pandemic and rising corona virus cases, Assam is also contending with a grim flood situation. Last month, when the floods were at its worst, used PPEs, masks, blood pouches, syringes that were found floating in the colossal Assam floods have raised massive concerns in terms of the spread of COVID-19 infection.
These paraphernalia were allegedly dumped in the open by a private firm that was assigned to collect and destroy used medical equipment. The people of Chandrapur, located near Guwahati had complained to the authorities about discarded wastes flowing into their compounds. MS Manivannan, chief executive officer of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said, "We have asked the Deputy Commissioner concerned to take action immediately.
Will the virus remain in the flood water and affect the 2.8 million people who are already affected by the floods across 30 districts in the state?According to Sushmita Sharma, a resident of Guwahati city, "Now the biggest question is, will the virus remain in the flood water and affect the 2.8 million people who are already affected by the floods across 30 districts in the state? In the words of Tanu Verma, "All the measures taken so far in regard to stopping the corona virus disease will be a great failure if all the people affected by the Assam flood get affected by the novel coronavirus due to the washing away of soiled medical equipment. This is going to be the biggest failure of all times."
Update the exact numbers of villages affected by the flood till now. Animals too have been adversely affected and the flood has submerged almost the entire stretch of Kaziranga National Park. One of the main reasons for flooding in Assam is due to the great Brahmaputra, which is one of Asia's largest rivers. Every year it swells and deluges habitation.