ITANAGAR, July 1 – With improvement in weather conditions, the flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh is limping back to normalcy as majority of the rivers in this land-locked State showed a receding trend over the past two days.
State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki yesterday appealed to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to send an official team to the State to assess the prevailing situation and the damages caused, thereby enabling the State Government to ably tackle the situation.
“The State machinery is working round the clock in coordination with the Indian Army and Air Force to carry out rescue and relief operations,” Tuki said.
Torrential rains have caused havoc in most parts of the State. Poor and rural people in interior parts are the worst affected. Even the State capital, Itanagar was cut off from the rest of the country for the last few days.
The CM in the memorandum also said, heavy rains since about a week triggered the first incidents of landslides and flash floods on June 24 causing extensive damages of road communication and inundation of villages in Changlang, Lohit, Dibang Valley, East Siang and East Kameng districts.
Hundreds of villagers have been rendered homeless and marooned in various pockets of these districts.
Meanwhile, a report from Upper Siang district today said that the district remained cut off from rest of the State in the past several days following flash floods and landslides triggered by incessant rains.
“All the major roads including Yingkiong-Tuting road, Yingkiong-Aalo-Pasighat road and Yingkiong-Pasighat road bore the brunt of nature’s fury,” Deputy Commissioner Rajesh Panyang said.
He said on Yingkiong-Tuting road, several stretches of road pavements, bridges and culverts in between Mingging and Tuting and other areas were eroded and washed away by flood water and heavy landslides causing breaches and blockage of road at numerous points.
Some stretches of Yingkiong-Mariyang-Pasighat road were completely washed away at two points near Lagru steel suspension bridge and major landslides occurred at many points causing blockage of the road in Silli-Padu and other areas.
The road from Yingkiong to Dite-Dime via Geku has also been blocked by heavy landslides and soil erosion.
One foot suspension bridge over river Yamne connecting Dalbing village was damaged by flood water and two houses were damaged by landslide at Damro village under Mariyang sub-division, he said. – PTI