Trouble continues in Bodo areas of Assam
Sunday, 5 August 2012
After a calm of ten days fresh violence broke out in parts of lower Assam claiming five lives and pushing the overall toll to 61 on Sunday.
Three bodies bearing bullet wounds were found in Chirang and two from Kokrajhar district, where one person is reported missing, police said.
Chirang Superintendent of Police Kumar Sanjiv Krishna said the three – father and his two sons – had left the camp for displaced persons at Kawatika village of Chirang district in the afternoon yesterday and their bodies were found today.
Monday, 6 August 2012
This report from Reuters is clearly a call for action:
Hundreds of thousands of people sheltering in squalid, overcrowded camps in India’s northeast desperately need food, water and medicines after fleeing some of the worst communal violence in a decade, officials and aid workers said on Monday.
At least 12 people, including four children, have died and thousands are sick with diseases such as diahorrea and malaria caused by poor conditions in government-run camps in Assam state, where up to 400,000 people have taken refuge.
“We are in a state of high alert,” said Assam’s Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. “People in the camps are suffering from diahorrea, dysentery, malaria and high fever. We are concerned about the condition of the babies and pregnant women.”
Aid workers described the camps as “suffocating” with livestock living alongside people, few toilets and little access to clean water. Many people sleep in the open and women have little privacy, forced to wait for dawn or dusk to find a place outside to defecate.
Authorities have been overwhelmed by the numbers of displaced — camps designed to accommodate 400 people are brimming with five times that amount, said aid workers.
“The government is lost and they are somewhat overwhelmed by the number of people who are displaced. They came in hordes and while relief is being distributed, it is totally inadequate,” said Mrinal Gohain, northeast manager for the charity ActionAid.