At a time when India and the rest of the world are battling with the Covid-19 pandemic which has claimed more than 34,000 lives, villagers in a remote village of Assam’s Dima Hasao district have taken some preventive measures to save themselves from the deadly virus.
The villagers of Hangrum village in Dima Hasao district have constructed an eco-friendly temporary home quarantine for those who come to the village from outside.
The village is dominated by Zeme Naga tribal community people and located along the Assam-Manipur border.
Following directives of the government, the villagers led by the village headman constructed a small cottage or hut outside the village to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection. The eco-friendly quarantine hut is made of bamboo and banana leaves and has a capacity of 15-20 persons.
There is no electricity facility in the small cottage and according to the villagers, people who come from outside will sleep on the floor with banana leaf roofing and walls.
Majority of the people in the remote village are living under the poverty line, but they have arranged a place to keep outsiders separate from themselves for 14 days with their own capacity to fight against Covid-19 and to save Hanguma.
According to reports, the villagers started to construct the separate quarantine hut on March 25 and completed it in two days.
A local resident of Hangrum village said the villagers have taken the initiative to save themselves and the village.