COVID 2.0: ‘Inaccessible’ char areas remain a major concern for Assam
GUWAHATI: Char areas in Assam have been a concern amidst the ongoing Covid19 second wave in the state. Lack of social awareness and non adherence of the Covid19 protocols have been worrying the state government.
Char areas are riverine areas created by flood plain sediments of the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries in Assam. According to the state government, the char areas cover around 3,608 square km of the Brahmaputra basin or some 4.6% of Assam’s area.
With accessibility and transportation to these areas being a major concern, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the concerned district administrations to press into services special vehicles to transport COVID positive cases from the char areas to hospitals.
“Since responsible behaviour leads to containing COVID infections, Sonowal asked the deputy commissioners to take help of popular personalities including public representatives to raise awareness among the public for promoting COVID appropriate behavior,” said the chief minister’s office.
The CM also stressed on adequate miking especially during the evening time to publicise compliance of COVID 19 protocols.
The Chief Minister asked the DCs to set up Control Rooms with dedicated numbers in each district. He also maintained that the control rooms should be in operation on 24X7 basis.
He also said that these control rooms should be manned by dedicated staff all the time.
The state has reported 4,475 new COVID-19 cases during the day taking the tally to 2,67,925 while the death toll has increased to 1,430 with 41 fatalities, including 15 from Kamrup Metro