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Over 2 lakh affected in fresh Arunachal floods

 ITANAGAR, Sept 23 – Over two lakh people have been affected in the fresh wave of floods in five districts of Arunachal Pradesh with majority of the rivers and tributaries flowing over the danger mark today, official sources said in Itanagar. One person died due to the floods in the State.

At least 39 marooned people, including 12 children, who were stranded between the branches of Lohit river since four days were rescued by Indian Air Force last evening, Lohit Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma said.

Meanwhile, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has assured Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki that the Centre would soon send a team to take stock of the damage caused by floods in the State.

Gandhi, during a meeting with the Chief Minister yesterday, said the Centre was aware of the worsening flood situation in Arunachal and assured all possible help to repair damage caused by sudden floods.

Tuki along with State’s AICC incharge, Dhaniram Shandil, called on Gandhi with a plea for immediate assessment of devastation caused by the flood and Central aid to overcome the crisis.

Gandhi promised to visit the State in the latter part of October with AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi in response to a plea by the CM, sources said.

Later, Tuki called on Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid and urged him to consider establishment of an independent High Court for Arunachal Pradesh.

Tuki, who was accompanied by Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, briefed Khurshid on the number of cases of the State pending with the judiciary and the impact of the delay on the people as well as the State Government, sources said.

“Judiciary will become efficient and deliver speedy justice to the people by setting up an independent High Court,” the sources said quoting Tuki. – PTI

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