Indian track and field star Hima Das has made an emotional appeal to corporates as well as individuals to help her home state Assam that has been ravaged by flood.
Hima, who hails from Dhing in Assam, is the first sportsperson to make such an appeal.
The situation in Assam has worsened as death toll due to floods increased to 15. At least 30 of the 33 districts in the state are submerged under flood waters.
Over 42 lakh people in 4,157 villages are reeling under the impact of the floods, according to a report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) that came out on Monday.
According to ASDMA report, embankments, roads, bridges and many other infrastructure have been damaged at various places in Sonitpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Baksa, Dibrugarh, Nalbari, Hojai, Morigaon, Lakhimpur, Darrang, Nagaon, Kamrup, Barpeta, Dhubri, Majuli, Karimganj, Sivasagar, Hailakandi and South Salmara districts.
Hima, the reigning World Youth Athletic champion, had a great two weeks on personal front. She won her third medal in less than two weeks, when she clinched gold in the 200m event at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic on Saturday.
Earlier, the 19-year-old runner clocked 23.65 seconds to win gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2. After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet, also in Poland, on July 7 with a time of 23.97 seconds.
Source: The Quint