DIPHU, April 5 - To prevent spread of COVID-19, the Karbi Anglong district administration, police and citizens have adopted stringent measures, restricting entry and exit of people from the district. The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council has also sealed all inter-state and inter-district border roads.
Several remote villages, where people are still safe from infection, have also blocked their entry points. But quays or government-run river harbours are still unrestrained, and anyone can slip through these water passages.
The river harbours of West Karbi Anglong, like Lalmati Ghat and Kollongamukh Ghat situated along the Kopili river are totally defenceless. Locals are now scared, anticipating entry of COVID-19 patients through these points, especially those from neighbouring Nagaon or Hojai districts who attended the Tablighi Jamaat religious meet at Nizamuddin, New Delhi.
With the rise of COVID-19 positive patients in the State, barricades have been set up by people in several villages to check movement and entry of any outsider into their area. Villagers told mediapersons that the measures were taken to prevent entry of unknown persons from places where coronavirus infection has been reported.
The villagers said the barricades would send a clear signal that entry or movement in the area is restricted. Village elders have also ordered the youths to observe the lockdown properly and stay inside their houses.
Meanwhile, the Diphu Municipal Board continued distributing food items on Sunday, on behalf of the State and Central governments, on the 12th day of the ongoing nationwide lockdown. The DMB team distributed food among the needy people in 12 wards. Hundreds of families were given 10 kg rice, 500 ml oil and one kg of pulses. One member from each family was invited and allowed to assemble, thereby maintaining social distance before distribution.
Diphu town sanitised: The streets and markets of Diphu town are being sanitised jointly by the Diphu Municipal Board (DMB) and the Fire Department, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the district headquarters. For the convenience of the public, essential services and grocery stores are open, and customers have been asked to maintain one-metre distance while purchasing daily commodities. The district administration has been monitoring the situation closely so that no one violates the lockdown rules.