ITANAGAR, June 14 - Torrential rains have started taking a toll on the public infrastructure, especially roads, in this hilly State with unstable soil conditions.
Landslides, triggered by heavy rainfall, have been witnessed since last Saturday, with the roads getting damaged and surface communication getting affected. Normal life has been thrown out of gear in the easternmost Anjaw district bordering China.
An official release today stated that the all-important road connecting Hayuliang with the district headquarters Hawai has been blocked after landslides hit the road between Lautul and Kherang. The road was cleared on Wednesday.
While the block points at the 26 Hollong Nallah and Dhanbari Nallah were being cleared on Thursday, the bridge point over Moody Nallah at 21 Km, which had collapsed on April 24 last, was washed away again by floodwaters, snapping communication.
Anjaw Deputy Commissioner Mamata Riba, who was at the Hayuliang subdivisional headquarters in connection with an orientation meeting of the heads of departments on the annual development agenda of the Government, contacted the NHIDCL in-charge of the road and the BCC represented by the OC, 116 (RCC), GREF, seeking their assistance in clearing the roads.
The DC called for caution and urged all citizens of the district to avoid travelling till the heavy downpour subsides as there are recurrent landslides and unstable soil conditions.
In the remote Kra Daadi district, surface connectivity along the Joram-Koloriang Road, the lifeline of the people of Lower Subansiri, Kra Daadi and Kurung Kumey districts, has been disrupted after a portion of the road was completely washed away near Tassar village due to incessant rain. The Kra Daadi district administration has made a temporary diversion for plying of light vehicles. However, the road is not yet fit for plying of heavy vehicles.
Traffic movement along the Hoj-Potin Road was also disrupted following landslides at various locations due to incessant rain. Massive landslides occurred at Kala Mitti point between the Hoj and Potin stretch of the Trans-Arunachal Highway and a few other locations due to which hundreds of vehicles, including buses and private vehicles were stranded for hours together on Wednesday. A few private vehicles reportedly got stuck in the mud and were damaged. However, there was no report of any casualty. The road was partially restored later in the day for vehicular traffic.