COVID-19 prevention: Villagers construct eco-friendly quarantine hut in Dima Hasao
Dima Hasao: Until the news of the outbreak of new coronavirus reached their village, they passed a simple life amid the scenic beauty of nature. When the news and the message of the precautionary measures adopted by the government reached their village, they started to construct their own ‘quarantine’ cabin in a war-footed manner. The cabin is a makeshift eco-friendly hut. They built to keep outsiders as the government had sent a message that the people returned from outside the state might have got infected by the deadly virus. Paying heed to the government’s appeal they constructed the eco-friendly makeshift quarantine hut. This is a story of the villagers of Hangrum village in Dima Hasao. Situated along Assam-Manipur border, the village is dominated by Zeme Naga tribal community people. The villagers said they want to protect themselves from the pandemic which claimed lives of more 70 people and infected more than three thousand in India, so far. Hence, they constructed the make-shift hut with banana leaf roofing and walls. The young and aged alike hurriedly constructed the hut, said some people. “We started its construction work on March 25 and completed in two days,”, said a villager.