- Dilip Kumar Sharma
- From Silchar to BBC Hindi
There is a large crowd in the Bilpar area of Silchar city. In this crowd of troubled people, most of the clothes are wet with water. Army vehicles are parked and ships are loaded on them. NDRF, that is, National Disaster Response Force personnel dressed in orange suits are filling air on a rubber boat.
A senior NDRF official is reassuring people over the phone that his team will soon be approaching the rescue.
Seeing the camera, some people come to complain and others get angry. It happens a person shouting that no national media has shown our problems.
Just two steps from the Bilpar bend, the dirty water from the flood reaches the knee. The streets in front of it are filled with between 8 and 10 feet of water.
No one can stand the speed with which water passes through these streets. The ration being given in relief from trucks parked on the turnaround is being loaded onto ships. But this ration seems to be much smaller compared to the population of the flooded area.
Shoma, 32, gets angry when she sees the camera. She says out loud, “What if you have a camera here, go see where the water passes over the houses.”
People want to drink water
Shoma, who was submerged in water up to her waist, said angrily again, “No one has come for four days. The house is submerged in water. No one has come to see how they live with the children. We have to drink water. ” I didn’t even get a bottle. Who are you going to tell? ”
Standing on the Bilpar bend, 28-year-old Subhash is waiting for help to take his cancer-stricken mother to the hospital.
He says, “The doctor had given the review date today, otherwise the mother’s health may get worse. Although the house is full of flood water, I came here with my mother to see the doctor. “But to the hospital. To get there, you have to cross the water around your neck more.”
Subhash’s sick mother standing nearby with a food tube in her nose just says the floods have endangered the lives of all of us.
The oncology hospital where Subhash takes his mother is also submerged in water. Although the cancer hospital has not closed a single day.
While he is within walking distance of his boat, the king says, “The flood took everything away from us. Now we will feel like eating.”
Before, Naresh used to sell fish for his life, but since the floods, he runs a rural boat made of wood.
He says, “People who have more water at home or if someone is sick, then I help them with this boat. I rented this boat. The little money I earn from this, I help my family to eat- I drink.”
The flooded residential areas where our BBC team had gone with an NDRF ship to inquire about their condition were found to be very prosperous economically.
Pucca multi-storey houses and expensive vehicles buried underwater in the house … But after this devastation of the flood, they were also missed by a bottle of drinking water. There has been no electricity or drinking water in these areas for the past five days. No one can risk getting out at the speed with which water was flowing out of the house.
The terrible memories of the 1984 floods are still alive today.
Most of the residential areas we visited in the town of Silchar of Assam with a population of about two lakhs were found submerged in flood waters. Many old areas of the city were flooded with water and thousands of people remain trapped in their homes due to the flood waters. There were many houses in the Kanakpur area the first floor of which was submerged in water.
The city of Silchar, located on the banks of the Barak River, is the seat of the Cachar district of Assam.
Located about 320 km southeast of the capital Guwahati, Silchar was founded in 1832 by Captain Thomas Fisher. At that time, Fischer moved the headquarters from Cachar to Janiganj to Silchar. People in this old town remember as much ancient history as they tell, now they remember the horrible floods of 1984. Professor CR Bhattacharya, who lives in Das Colony in the city, says from his terrace: “I had never seen these floods. Our house on the ground floor was ruined by water. The car is completely submerged in water. ”
In Silchar, before June 20, the government roads on which people drove their vehicles, now travel by boat on those paved roads. Bilpar, Radha Madhav Road, Das Colony, houses submerged on all sides and voices coming from within to relieve speak of the tragedy of the floods. In these areas, flood water is flowing through the roofs of expensive vehicles parked under pucca houses.
The people of this economically prosperous area would not have thought of a tragedy like this. With orange T-shirts wearing rubber boots, as soon as NDRF staff whistles, people throw their bags on the roof with the help of a rope so they can eat a bottle of water and some cookies.
forced to drink after cleaning the water from the flood
When people complain more, an NDRF official tells them, giving them hope, that we work with this now, we will be back. An NDRF jawan gives relief to flood victims with small vials of medicine, saying, “Mix a vial in 20 liters of water. This will clean the water. Many people complain that they have no drinking water.” somehow cleaning and drinking the dirty water from the flood. ”
Many videos of this type are shared on social media where the corpse has been thrown into the water. Some people show clips from the video saying that last week the body of a woman was found floating in the flood waters. But later local volunteers performed their last rites.
When asked about this, Ranu, a neighbor of Silchar, says that there is flood water around and that the cremation ground is also completely submerged, so where will the last rites be performed.
Along with the woman’s body, her son would have left a letter in which he had called on people to perform the last rites of his mother. The woman was a resident of the Rangirkhari area where the floods have wreaked havoc.
Dileep, a Silchar resident, says water flows so fast out of people’s homes that no one can afford to go out.
NDRF staff have not reached some areas
NDRF-trained personnel have also been unable to reach some submerged areas. An NDRF jawan involved in the rescue operation and relief distribution said: “It is an urban flood, but the force in the water is so high that no one can even be there. The strong current of water can be measured from the fact that the force of the water can break even a person’s bone.Our team has worked in cyclone storms, floods but it is a very complicated flood. rescued some people by cutting the tin roof.Our team is doing everything possible That every person should be saved and relief goods should be provided to all victims. ”
This is the second largest flood in the last 38 years, which has caused damage to government buildings, roads, schools, colleges, it will take months to return to normal.
The local administration has opened some relief camps for the homeless, where children and the elderly seemed helpless. People had to live in the dark for several days due to the submersion of electric poles in the water, but now the electrical system has been fixed in some areas.
According to district administration officials, the government offers all the necessary facilities, from the ration to the people who have lost their homes due to the floods. Prime Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who arrived in the area affected by the floods, said: “The Silchar floods were man-made. If the Bethukandi embankment had not been broken by some miscreants, it would not have happened. “.
But local citizens complain that if the administration had taken the proper measures after the Barak River dam, there would not have been such a big flood. In this context, a local citizens ’forum had also appealed in writing to the district deputy commissioner on 4 June.
In Assam, 22 districts are still affected by the floods where 2254 villages are said to be affected by the floods. In the flood report released by the Assam Disaster Management Department, more than 21 lakh 52 thousand people are currently affected by the floods. More than 1 lakh 91 thousand homeless people have taken refuge in the relief camps opened by the state government in the districts affected by the floods.
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