Heavy rains trigger landslides in Arunachal

Last Updated: Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 15:47

Itanagar: Heavy rainfall in Arunachal
Pradesh has triggered landslides which have cut off the
communication link of several places and extensively damaged
pipelines supplying drinking water.



Many places within the capital complex near Karsingsa
sinking zone, Lekhi village, A-sector Naharlagun, Papunallah
area have been severely affected by the landslides, official
sources said.
Almost all the major roads leading to the capital have
been snapped in many areas on the NH 52-A. A bridge at Abotani
Colony in Itanagar was rendered unusable as siltation on the
banks of the stream gave away.



Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin yesterday took stock of the
situation on the Banderdewa-Itanagar National Highway that was
disrupted at several points following the heavy downpour since
Thursday night.



A portion of the road near Lekhi village was totally
washed away resulting in complete halt of traffic movement.



Meanwhile, the Public Health Engineering and Water Supply
department has expressed fear that the residents in the state
capital might face severe drinking water crisis in the next
few weeks.



Official sources said water supply sources at Nyorchi,
Lappu, Lepper and Pot from where the drinking water supply of
Naharlagun and Itanagar is drawn have been snapped. A 300 m
supply line measuring 397 metre near Nyochi has been washed
away.
Restoration might take some time as ascertaining the
extent of damage might take a few days, they said.



PTI



First Published: Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 15:47
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