Flood situation in Arunachal continues to remain grim
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 07, 2013, 13:58
  
Itanagar: The flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh continued to remain grim with reports of landslides triggered by heavy rain for the past few days, snapping surface communication in two districts.

Upper Siang district remains cut-off from the rest of the state following heavy incessant rain for the past five days.

The surface communication has been disrupted with three roads - Yingkiong-Pasighat via Mariyang, Tuting-Yingkiong-Dite-Dime road and Yingkiong-Pasighat-Geku road - the lifeline of the district getting blocked at several points due to landslips.

Several paddy fields and irrigation channels in the state have inundated due to the floods, besides roads at several stretches, bridges and culverts have been damaged.

Supply of essential commodities has also been affected due to road blockade, official sources said.

The restoration works of surface communication would take at least one week if the downpour stops, they said.

Damages to private and public properties have also been reported from several quarters.

The district disaster management plan has been activated and locally available resources have been pressed into service to cope up with the crisis.

The district administration of Gosang village under Jengging circle have also advices locals to shift to a safer place as a massive landslide has been reported from that area.

Upper Siang DC Liyon Borang is in constant touch with the officers of BRO and others departmental heads of the district and directed them to restore the surface communication and assess the extent of damages as soon as rains subsides.

A control room has been also been set up in DC's office for emergency calls and a camp at Siang river site to monitor the flow of the river round the clock.

In West Siang district, Yomgo river and its tributaries are flowing above the danger level snapping surface communication from Aalo to Likabali with breaches at many points.

At Puak Gumin, big protection walls erected all along the vulnerable areas have either been washed away or eroded.

People are facing acute problem of water logging and drinking water.

A type II quarter of education department has also collapsed due to land erosion.

Meanwhile, incessant downpour since last couple of days has reportedly snapped the surface communication to picturesque Mechukha valley in the district.

According to sources, the Mechukha-Tato Road, connecting the district headquarters, Aalo, has been snapped near Padusa village yesterday after the water level of a stream between Padusa and Gapo village significantly increased and washed away the temporary bridge constructed last year.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, September 07, 2013, 13:58


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