Assam rises above adversity amid severe flooding

The flood situation in Assam further deteriorated with more than 22 districts affected, especially in the lower and middle regions of the state. In the newly formed Bajali district of lower Assam, where the severity of the floods has been intense, mobile phone charging has been a major concern for those affected.

With no power supply for the past two days as floodwaters overwhelmed utility poles and penetrated power stations, people stuck in villages are facing heartbreak using their mobile phones.

A young local in a secluded remote hamlet of Bajali has overcome the situation by helping villagers recharge their mobile phones for Rs 20. Villagers are now flocking to this particular house to have their mobile phones recharged.

In a video that has gone viral, the youngster used a portable generator to charge mobile handsets. The generator needs to charge more than 50 mobile phones plugged into expandable charging points at one time.

People receive a numbered token after leaving their handsets for charging. The owner charges Rs 20 to fully charge the handset. In short, life moves forward in an Assam deluge.

Similarly, in the flooded residential area of ​​Rukminigaon in Guwahati, Raju has finally set up his floating kiosk. Life in the flooded town, the worst after eight years, has been hard on Raju, who runs a small shop in the area, as he has not been able to venture out of his house for the past four days.

While the NDRF rescued people in the abandoned locality, access to essentials was a major concern. True to the famous saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get in on it”, Raju improvised and built a plantain raft on which he set up his temporary kiosk with bottled water and other basic necessities. . He travels from house to house to sell his items and also carries items on demand.

“Since yesterday, I have been selling essential products; I am the only income in my family, so I have no choice but to sell products in this way. Also, I think my efforts will help those who cannot get out of their homes,” Raju says.

Meanwhile, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has ordered ministers to be on the ground and monitor the situation. “I will visit a few affected districts tomorrow and the day after tomorrow,” he said.

“So if we can manage these two days somehow, I think our worries will lessen. If all cooperate, we can relocate all those living in precarious places in Guwahati. We all know that people have built houses on the edge of the hills in the capital. People need to be more aware and educated. The floods in Dima Hasao and Kamrup were unprecedented,” said CM Sarma.

Borjhar Regional Meteorological Center has issued a thunderstorm warning with lightning and extremely heavy rain is very likely in isolated locations on Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Baksa, Barpeta and Bongaigaon; and extremely heavy rains are very likely in isolated places on West Karbi-Anglong and Dima-Hasao.

Thunderstorm warning with lightning and very heavy rain very likely in isolated locations over Kokrajhar, Chirang, Nalbari, Kamrup, Darrang, Udalguri, Morigaon, Nagaon and Karbi-Anglong; and thunderstorm with lightning and heavy rain very likely in isolated locations over Kamrup (M).

Very heavy rains are very likely in isolated places over Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Cachar and Karimganj, and heavy rains very likely in isolated places over Sonitpur.

The Indian Army’s Gajraj Corps launched flood relief operations in coordination with the civil administration from June 16.

Following heavy rains in various parts of Assam, nine composite teams of Gajraj Corps were quickly launched day and night in coordination with the local administration to carry out rescue and relief operations in the disaster-affected districts. floods of Baksa, Nalbari, Bajali, Darrang, Tamulpur, Hojai and Kamrup.

Recent flooding and landslides due to continuous rainfall have completely disrupted connectivity with the Barak Valley. In order to help those stranded, a special flight is again being organized between Guwahati and Silchar in Barak Valley from June 18 at a fixed rate of Rs 4,000. The flights are being organized by Assam Tourism Development Corporation in association with Fly Big.

Ambubachi Mela will be a low-key festival this year

CM Sarma said the annual Ambubachi festival at Kamakhya Temple will be a low-key affair limited to rituals observed during the pandemic years. He asked devotees to refrain from visiting the holy shrine during the festival which starts on June 22 and continues till June 26 as there have been several landslides and rockslides in the hills of Neelachal induced by the incessant rains.

The newly prepared access road to the temple was closed due to repeated landslides. More than 10 lakh visitors visit Kamakhya during the Ambubachi.

Ambubachi Mela is one of the largest congregations in Eastern India. It is the most important festival of the Kamakhya temple and it is celebrated every year in the month of June.

Rather, it is a ritual of austerities, a feast celebrated with Shakti rites. The belief is that Kamakhya embodies the worship of the mother, Shakti. During the Ambubachi period from the seventh to tenth day of the Hindu month of “Asadha”, the gates of the shrine are closed to all as the goddess Kamakhya is believed to go through the annual cycle of menstruation.

On the twelfth day, the gates are ceremonially opened and a great fair is held in the temple premises on that day.

“Ambubachi” means spoken with water and it also implies that the expected rains during this month make the land fertile and ready for procreation. Daily worship is suspended during this time. All agricultural work such as digging, plowing, sowing and transplanting crops is prohibited.

Widows, Brahmacharis and Brahmins avoid cooked food during these days. On the fourth day, Ambubachi being completed, household items, utensils and clothes are washed, cleansed and purified by sprinkling holy waters, worship of Goddess Kamakhya begins after cleaning and other rituals are performed. Entrance to the shrine is considered auspicious after this.

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