‘No Electricity, Just Insects All Around’: Sleepless Nights For Assam Flood Victims

As fear of theft looms large, hundreds of villagers are camping on the roads that are not submerged by flood waters.

Golaghat, Assam: Biplab Saikia, 7, is forced to study on the streets as his house in Assam’s Kumargaon village in Golaghat, nearly 300 km away from Guwahati, is inundated in flood waters since two weeks.

“How will we study? There is no electricity. We can’t sleep due to insects and there is acute shortage of safe drinking water,” said the seven-year-old.

The nearest relief camp from his village is 3 km away. As fear of theft looms large, hundreds of villagers are camping on the roads that are not submerged by flood waters. As the night falls, life becomes really tough with insects all around, they say.

With no electricity, villagers are facing a tough time.

“We are not getting proper food or sleep. There are deadly mosquitoes all around and we haven’t received any medicines,” a lady in Kumargaon told NDTV.

While electricity in the village is yet to be restored and unhygienic surroundings trigger insect breeding, villagers dread that the situation may soon turn hazardous. The only respite, they say, is that the government relief.

For the past two weeks they are having only rice, dal and boiled potatoes, an elderly village lady told NDTV.

As flood waters start to recede, the sleepless victims are hoping to return to their homes soon.

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