ASIA/INDIA - The Camillians mobilize with medical aid camps in the flooded areas of the State of Assam

Friday, 8 July 2022


Silchar (Agenzia Fides) - The death toll of the floods that are seriously affecting the State of Assam has so far exceeded 150. Four million people are affected by this emergency. This is what Fr. Bijoy K George, Camillian missionary (MI), National Director of the Camillian Task Force (CTF) said. Very heavy rains have been recorded in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in recent days. According to the report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the affected population has sought refuge in high places, including school buildings and embankments. The refugees in the different relief camps have increased from 1.76 to 3.12 thousand in the same period. Several roads have been washed away by the fury of the water.
"Knowing this disastrous situation and the worsening living conditions of the poor in the State of Assam", explains Father George, "the CTF, in association with St. John's Medical College Hospital and the Guwahati Gana Sevana Society, has organized medical aid camps in the most affected districts of the State".
In Silchar, several areas of the city continue to be flooded and the situation remains very critical, with a shortage of food, drinking water and medicine for those affected. Many have been transferred to aid centers following the red alert issued by the government in most of the affected districts. Major river floods have overflowed their banks, inundating new areas and displacing thousands of people since last week, washing away hundreds of huts and damaging thousands of rupees' worth of buildings, roads, bridges and crops. (GC/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 8/7/2022)