As India struggles with floods and coronavirus simultaneously, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, July 19, took stock of the situation from the Chief Ministers of the seven affected states.
Prime Minister dialed the Chief Ministers of Bihar, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.
Assam and Bihar are struggling with devastating floods that have caused a loss of more than 100 lives so far. In Assam alone, over 28 lakh people in 28 districts have been affected by floods as river Brahmaputra and its tributaries continue to flow above the danger mark. Animals in the Kaziranga National Park are also severely affected.
In Bihar, all the major rivers including Gandak, Bagmati, Ganga, Kosi, and Kamla Balan are flowing above the danger mark causing severe flood in eight districts in the north Bihar region. Almost 150 Panchayats in over 30 blocks across 8 districts of Sitamarhi, Shivar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Goplaganj, and East Champaran are severely affected.
The cases of coronavirus are also on the rise in these states. While Tamil Nadu remains the second worst-hit state with over 1.7 lakh COVID19 cases, other states have also recorded a massive rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the last two weeks. Bihar currently has more than 25,000 cases. Andra Pradesh and Telangana together have over 10,000 cases.
Meanwhile, India registered a record 38,902 fresh coronavirus cases in a single day on Sunday, July 19. The total COVID19 cases in India has reached to over 10.8 lakhs, as informed by the Ministry of Health.
On the other hand, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has confirmed that the community transmission of coronavirus has started in India. IMA Hospital Board of India Chairman Dr. VK Monga said that India has been recording exponential growth in the number of coronavirus cases as over 30,000 new infections were being reported each day.
To add to it, there is no record of contact tracing being maintained by the government agencies. Not that they are not doing it, it has now become impossible to trace the contact. This confirms community transmission of the disease has started in India.