Monday, October 3, 2022

Residents fear outbreak of water-borne disease as Silchar remains flooded

Correspondent, Silchar : It has been over 10 days now since the Barak River inundated Silchar. On Tuesday, several parts of the continued to remain under water with residents now fearing a outbreak of water-borne diseases. The adminstration is making efforts to reach out to the worst affected parts with drinking water and food but many have claimed that they received no relief.

“It is possible that some areas could not be accessed, particularly neighborhoods connected by narrow lanes and by lanes. However, we have urged locals to try and gather at the nearest Chowk to collect relief. An efforts is also on to map the flood-affected parts of the town so we may distribute relief material more efficiently,” Cachar DC Keerthi Jalli said.

Residents, however said, that it may not be possible for all to wade through waist-deep water to collect relief. There is no electricity and pumps can’t be run. “How do they expect us to wash off the muck after returning home? As it is, filth has entered the ground floors of our homes. We have an exercise all caution or there will be an outbreak of enteric diseases. We have heard that some boats with purification unit are distributing drinking water.” said Sumit Purkayastha, a resident.

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