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Flood situation worsens in 4 Arunachal districts

 ITANAGAR, June 25 – The flood situation in four districts of Arunchal Pradesh, Changlang, Lohit, Dibang Valley and Upper Subansiri districts, has worsened with most rivers flowing above the red mark.

In Changlang district, 75 Chakma families were trapped in Bijoypur village with Army help being sought, Bordumsa ADC Kento Riba said today.

“We are seeking Army help to rescue the stranded families. But the Army could not arrive yet because of inclement weather,” Riba said.

“If the downpour continues, the situation will worsen,” the ADC said. He said, the swollen Noa-dehing river breached the anti-erosion protection wall on the left bank and washed away 16 houses, inundated 59 others, standing crops, the PMGSY road, and completely damaged an under-construction PMGSY bridge in an area between Bijoypur-I and II blocks.

A report from Lohit district said that incessant rain triggered flash floods in the Lohit, Berang, Noadehing and Kamlang rivers breaching embankments and submerging Dharapur village under Lekang circle, Silatoo, Kherbari and adjoining areas under Namsai besides inundating Alubari, Napotia and Chakma Basti under Chowkham circle.

Two small rivers, Tezu Nallah and Tenning Nalah, have badly hit Tezu, the district headquarters and triggered massive erosion, sources said.

The flood protection work at Alubari, Sibrimukh and Alubarimukh have been completely washed away, he said.

A flash flood washed away the Kanchi Nallah bailey bridge, the lifeline of Anini, Etalin, Anelih and Arzoo circles, located 15 km away from Anini, the headquarters of Dibang Valley district yesterday.

The district headquarters and its adjoining areas were also without power for the last two days as the Awapani and Chini-Afra Mini Hydel projects have suffered major damage.

In Upper Subansiri district, Debom, Dera, Nipu, Nidak, Gamukrijo and Raririjo villages under Gusar circle remained cut off as the suspension bridge over the Subansiri river, the lifeline of the villagers, has been washed away by flood waters last Friday, the sources added. – PTI

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