IAS official walks barefoot through mud to inspect flood-hit areas of Assam, netizens shower praise

Indian Administrative Service (IAS) worker Keerthi Jalli has become an internet sensation after her pictures visiting flood-hit areas in Assam’s Cachar district went viral on social media.

In numerous images and videos, Jalli can be seen walking barefoot through the murky waters in the flood-hit area, interacting with locals devastated by the natural disaster.

Awanish Sharan, an IAS officer from 2009, shared a picture of the officer posted in Assam and commended her efforts. The picture showed Ms Jalli with her muddy feet smiling as she stood next to another woman in a boat, NDTV reported. The post has garnered over 50,000 likes so far.

In another viral video, the officer was heard saying to a local: “No need for clean water, give me high water to clean my feet.”

Internet users impressed by the gesture

Internet users have praised the IAS officers for their dedication to the work and outreach to those severely affected. Some users also shared other photos of Ms Jalli either wading through mud or walking down a slippery track to reach local people.

The news came at a time when IAS couple Sanjeev Khirwar and his wife Rinku Dugga were walking their dog at a government-run stadium in Delhi, prompting sporting activities at the facility to be halted earlier than usual . Both officers were posted to different states.

Who is IAS Keerthi Jalli?

Jalli was the first deputy commissioner of Hailakandi district in southern Assam since its inception in 1989, WION reported.

She has also previously been heavily involved in a number of campaigns in the region, such as raising awareness of menstrual hygiene. She has also received numerous awards for her work.

Thousands affected by floods

Meanwhile, Cachar has been hit hard by the recent floods in Assam. Thousands of people are still being housed in makeshift relief camps across the district. The deputy commissioner inspected various flood-affected areas on May 25.

Over 1,63,000 people in 291 villages have been flooded this year. More than 11,000 homes were damaged while 5,915 hectares of cultivated land in Cachar were flooded, the Hindustan Times reported.

At least 5,00,852 people are suffering from the floods in Cachar, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Hojai, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon and Nagaon districts. However, more than five lakh people continued to suffer from the deluge in ten state counties, Mint reported.

The toll from flooding and landslides in the state remained at 30 with no deaths reported in the past 24 hours. Currently, 799 villages are still flooded and 35,384.12 hectares of cultivated land are damaged.

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