Gautam Das and family are camping on this Brahmaputra river embankment for a week, ever since their village at Palashbari got flooded. The waters have receded now. But this 45-year-old wage labourer laments that the government relief has come late to his village that is just 30 km away from capital Guwahati.
"We are facing problem about food, since due to previous lockdown our work is totally off... In the last flood even NGOs came and helped us with food but this time no one came. I heard that they are giving food today," Mr Das told NDTV.
When relief did arrive, it was to long queues of people facing double trouble - the floods and COVID-19. For the government too, it is an unprecedented challenge.
In Assam, where floods have affected over 35 lakh people, five died on Friday, taking the fatalities to 76. The floods came at a time when the state saw the highest single-day spike of 1,218 coronavirus cases on Friday.
The state has logged over 21,000 positive cases and there have been 51 deaths. It is a dual challenge for the government and taking this fight head-on are the frontline government functionaries, many of them doubling up as COVID-19 warriors and flood relief managers.