Azara: Pounding rains worsened flooding, affecting over 5 million people in Assam till now. With 28 districts reeling under the impact of the flood, lakhs of people were left homeless forcing them to look for refuge in relief camps.
In such a situation, a family was forced to perform the last rites of a man amid floodwaters on July 18th, 2019 at Medhipara village located in Kamrup district. The mortal remains were later floated into the water. The deceased identified as Jatin Medhi (65) was suffering from jaundice and on the morning of July 18th, 2019, he breathed his last.
“We couldn’t take him to the hospital as our village is submerged under the floodwaters. We were totally helpless. Due to lack of any dry grounds to conduct the rituals as per Hinduism and light his pyre, we had to perform his last rites standing on a makeshift banana raft,” said a family member of the deceased.
Another family member said, “After the rituals were completed, we floated the mortal remains in the floodwaters. We were not left with any other option as the entire village is reeling underwater. The monsoon took away everything from us.”
It may be mentioned, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA)’s daily flood bulletin, a total of 53,52,107 people and 4,128 villages have been affected due to flood as on July 18th, 2019. The government on July 16th, 2019 released Rs 251.55 crore as assistance from the central share of SDRF for 2019-20.